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Publication numberUS628351 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJul 4, 1899
Filing dateOct 15, 1898
Priority dateOct 15, 1898
Publication numberUS 628351 A, US 628351A, US-A-628351, US628351 A, US628351A
InventorsHenry Gibson O'neill
Original AssigneeJohn Rooney, Alexander Arnois, Henry Gibson O'neill
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Electrotherapeutic apparatus.
US 628351 A
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SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters atentNo. 628,351., dated. `{Inly .4, 18,99.

Application filed Octnbr 15', 189B. Serial No. 693,681. No model.) I

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lle itknown that l, lli-:Nur GIsoN ONEI mi, a subgectof the Queen of Great llritain, and

a resident of New York, in 'the county of New` York and State of New York, have invented certain new and useful 11n provements in Electrotherapeutic Apparatus; and I do declare the following to bo a full, clear, and exact description of the invention, such as will enable Io others skilled in the art to which it appertains to make and use the same, reference being had to the accompanying drawings, and to letters oi' reference marked thereon, which form a part of this specification.

15 Figure l of the drawings is a longitudinal vertical section ol' the cabinet, Fig. is a horizontal section of the sa'me.

This invention appertains to the art of elec# trotherapeutics, and is designed to furnish a zo means whereby tissue activity, elimination, andthe various physiological functions and Ieparativc processes of nature may be stimulated.

The principle involved consists i Subject- 5 ing the nudebody to powerful actin 'c rays of light and oscillating electric currents of rapid altcrnations, preferably approaching the sine "curve, in the presence of 'an atmosphere of nascent ozone.

The process is carried out by the following apparatus:

Fig, l represents a cabinet in cross-section, (lettered A,) its dimensions being usually about six feet high, seven feet long, and four.

5 feet wide. lIts interior walls are insulated, and at one end it has a' door l). At a convenient distan ce from the floor is an insulated support D', preferably of a translucent or transparent material.v Suspended from .the

4o ceiling or top ol thc cabinet are adjustable chandeliers li. with reflectors E', containing electric lights adapted to burn with a high degree of ineandesccnce for the purpose of producing actinic 'rays of light. Supported from the lloor ofthe cabinet isa similar arrangement of lights F, both the upper-'and lower ones being arranged in .groups or sections and any group or section ol. those above and below bcingcapablo of beingadjustcd 5o so that ilu-.y may luge brought nearer to or ro- -elimination' of the moved farther from thel person to he' treated, who reclines upon said support. Conveniently arranged so that'thc hands or the feet may rest against them are vacuum-electrodes ll, oi glass', suitably attached tothe insulated 55 walls of the cabinet. These electrodes are connected in series, and one of the terminals ,j is connected with a source of high-tension currents of electricity, the last electrode 'be' ing without return connection. Toward the 6o top of the cabinet there are attached to the walls of the same two metallic electrodes, one. being a rod with a sharp point/and the other 'a ring, each being connected with a differeut-Vuole of a high-tension-current generator'. 65 Tlese electrodes (marked, respectively, C and C') are so arran ged as to produce such a spark-4 gap as may be desired' or necessary. '.l`he system of treatment is as follows: The patient lreclines on the support aforesaid 7o (marked D) and is subjected to the actioIrofi the actnicrays of light that penetrate the body in all directions, while currents of high tension and high frequency are passed through the body.

of 'nascentozonm produced by the passage of the current between the metallic electrodes C and C'. .The pathological effects of this treatment' are great stimulation of tissue activity, So

'poisonous fluids of the body, inspiration of ozonired air through the pores of the skin and inhalation through the lungs, subox-idation `ci? waste matter and micro-organisms inthe system, and elimination of large quant-ities of CO2 and urea. I-n addition this treatment tranquilizesthe nervous system, instantly allays pain, andstimulates the digestiveffunctions. y y

I am aware'fthat light has been employed 9o for pathological purposes. Alone, however, its eilect is very limited. liy 'the combination` of actnic rays ot' light inv conjunciionwith harmonic currents of electricity administered through the vacuuni-electrodes of glass' all 95 unpleasant physiological effects are removed, and combined with the stimulating and antisepticqualitios of an atmosphere of nascent ozone the results obtained in'actual practice arc, to say thehmst(remarkable. roo

The patientis also during ,7'5 I Athis operation surrounded by an atmosphere The electrodes .1I herein referred to form the subject-matter of aseparate application filed by me, Serial No.' 693,682.

Having thus described my invention, what I claim as new, a'nd desire to secure by Letters Patent, is .f

1. In therapeutic apparatus, the combination with means for supporting the body in convenient position for treatment, of means for directing upon the body actinic rays of light, means for applying to the body oscillating electrical currentsnf high tension, and means for producing around the body an atmosphere containing nascent. ozone, substantially es specified.

2. The combination in clectrotherapeutic apparatus, of an inclosed chamber having insulated walls :i support therein vacuum-electrbdes of glass, and metallic electrodes so arranged as to produce a decomposing action on the atmosphere Wlicn'connectml with a source of high-tension current, substantiallyas and for the purpose set forth.

3. The combination in electrotherapeutic apparatus, of an inclosed chambe'r, a. transparent or translucent support therein, vacuum-electrodes of glass adjacent to the sup port, metallic electrodes arranged in `said chamber so as to produce a decomposing action on the atmosphere when connected with a source of liighstension current, and inca-udescent lights also adjacent to thc support, substantially as specified.

In testimony whereof I allix my signature in presence of two'witnesses.



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Cooperative ClassificationF21L14/00