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INVENTOR. %0 Z0 June 29, 1948. v J: sEx 2,444,379
THERAPEUT I C GAB INET Filed May 7, 1945 Patented June 29, 1948 THERAPEUTIC CABINET John T, Sexton, Kansas City, Mo.
Application May 7, 1945, Serial No. 592,341
2 Claims. (Cl. 128375) This invention relates to ray treating appliences of the portable character, and has for its primary aim to provide a therapeutic cabinet, designed to house ray lamps of the type known to be helpful in the treatment of skin diseases and that has unique structure for holding the member being treated in proper position with respect to said lamps.
One of the important aims of this invention is the provision of a therapeutic cabinet that is convenient to use, effective in its operation, inexpensive to manufacture, and capable of treating an individual member of the human body without affecting other parts thereof.
Structural details are important and constitute other aims of the invention. These aims and objects will appear during the course of the following specification, referring to the accompanying drawing, wherein:
Fig. l is a front elevational view of a therapeutic cabinet, made in accordance with the present invention; and
Fig. 2 is a vertical cross sectional view taken on line IIII of Fig. 1.
In the form of the invention chosen for illustration, the therapeutic cabinet contains two ray lamps in and I2 respectively, that are so disposed as to insure uniform treatment of the member I4 that is projected into cabinet 16, through opening l8 formed in the side wall 20 thereof. This wall 20 includes a swingable portion 22 that may be hinged as at 24 to top wall 26. Thus, the eyes of the patient will be protected from the rays emanating from lamp l2 and as the member I4 is shifted, shield 22 will freely swing to alter the size of opening it. When in the normal position, shield 22 will be held by the action of gravity, in the position shown in dotted lines of Fig. 2.
The side wall 28 opposite to opening i8 is solid and uninterrupted as are bottom 30, top 26 and end walls 34. Thus, cabinet l6 becomes a complete housing for lamps Ill and I2 and no light rays escape therefrom without first coming into contact with member l4 when the device is in use.
The support 36 is in the form of an inclined partition, disposed between lamps I and I2. This support 36 comprises an open frame 38 and a foraminous panel 40 upon which member l4 rests when treatment is under way. Frame 38 is hinged as at 42 and may be lifted by grasping knob 44 when extension 46 is to be stored within the cabinet upon bottom 30 and below support 36.
Lamps l0 and I2 are usually operated from a conventional source of power, but a transformer 46' is often times needed, and in such cases, this said transformer 46' is housed within cabinet IS in a place clearly shown by Fig. 2.
Suitable conductors 48 interconnect lamps l0 and P2 with transformer 46' and the cabinet is ready for use when connector 50 is joined to the conventional house current.
Support 36 is substantially mid-way between lamps Ill and I2. These lamps are tubular and therefore, when member I4 is resting upon the foraminous panel 40, all of its surface will receive the rays for treatment.
Cabinets of different form and structure than that illustrated and described, might be made without departing from the spirit of the invention or scope of the appended claims.
Having thus described the invention, what is claimed as new and desired to be secured by Letters Patent is:
1. A cabinet of the character described comprising a housing having top, bottom, sideand end walls; an opening formed in one of the side Walls; therapeutic lamps in the housing at the bottom and at the top thereof respectively; and a support for a member being treated disposed within the housing adjacent the opening and between the said lamps, said support comprising a partition having a foraminous panel thereon, the partition being inclined upwardly and rearwardly from the lower edge of the opening, said lamps being adjacent to the wall of the housing opposite the opening, the uppermost portion of the side wall having the opening formed therein being swingable inwardly to increase the size of the opening and to permit positioning the member being treated nearer the lamps said partition being hingeclly mounted at its uppermost edge to the inner face of the other side wall to permit access to the lamp at the bottom of the housing, the lowermost end of the partition being spaced from said bottom wall and held against downward movement by the lower edge of said opening.
2. A therapeutic cabinet for the treatment of the human foot comprising a housing having top, bottom, side and end walls; an opening formed in one of the side walls; therapeutic lamps in the housing at the bottom and top thereof respectively; and a support for a foot being treated disposed within the housing between said lamps, said support comprising a partition having a foraminous panel thereon of sufficient rigidity to withstand the weight of said foot, the
partition being inclined upwardly and rearwardly from the lower edge of said opening, said lamps being adjacent to the side wall of said housing opposite the opening, the uppermost portion of the side wall having the opening formed therein comprising a stiff, fiat panel hingedly mounted on said top wall for swingable movement inwardly into said housing to increase the size of the opening and to permit positioning of the foot being treated nearer the lamps, said portion depending from said top wall and intersecting a part of the rays of light emanating from said lamps, said partition being hingedly mount- ,ed at its uppermost edge to the inner face of the other side Wall to permit access to the lamp at the bottom of the housing.
JOHN T. SEXTON.
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