US 679239 A
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Patented July r23, I90I.
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JOI-IN F. MOSSBERG, OF MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA.
i SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 679,239, dated July 23, 1901.
Application led December 10.1900. Serial No. 39,303. (No model- To a/ZZ whom t r11/Cty concern.-
Be it known that I, JOHN F. MossBERc., a citizen of the United States, residing at Minneapolis, in the county of Hennepin and State of Minnesota, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Oataphoric Pads; and I do hereby declare the following to be a full, clear, and exact description of the invention, such as will enable others skilled in the art to which it appertains to make and use the same.
My invention has for its object to provide a device in the nature of a cataphoric pad or body-gear adapted to be worn on a person for the continuous application of electric osmose.
To the above end the invention consists of the novel devices and combinations of devices hereinafter described, and defined in the claims.
The device which I style a cataphoric pad involves a pair of electrodes with absorbent pads or faces, an electric circuit including a battery, and a suitable body-gear for sup porting the parts in proper position upon the body. This gear may take various forms, but for ordinary use is constructed substantially as shown in the drawings.
In the illustration of the invention given in the drawings like characters indicate like parts throughout the several views.
Figure l is a perspective view of the complete device, some parts being broken away. Fig. 2 is a plan View of one of the electrodes and its absorbent pad or facing. Fig. 3 is a section on the line ac3 x3 of Fig. 2. Fig. 4 is a plan view of a portion of the battery, some parts being broken away; and Fig. 5 is a view looking at the edge of the section of the battery shown in Fig. 4.
The numeral l indicates a suitable belt which is formed with a longitudinally-extended pocket 2, in which the battery 3 is placed. This battery 3 is of ordinary or any suitable construction, being, as shown, made up of outer link-sections 3a, of brass, inner link-sections 3b, of zinc, acidulated packings 3C, and connecting-links 31. The belt l is shown as made adjustable by buckle la.
The electrodes 4 and 5 are of any suitable plate or flexible metal cut to the proper form.
As shown, these electrodes are afforded by thin perforate metal plates; but it will be understood that a wiregauze will be serviceable for the same purpose. The electrodes 4 and 5 are embedded between absorbent pads or facings 6 and leather or other suitable covers or backs 7, which parts 6 and 7 are suitably secured together at their margins. A pair of shoulder-straps 8, adjustable by means of buckles 8, connect the backs 7 of the two electrodes 4 and 5. A pair of back straps 9 connect the backs 7 of the electrode 4 with the belt l.
The electrode 5 has a flanged projection l0, to which a metallic clamp, made up of pivotally-connected jaws ll l2, is detachably secured. The jaw l2 is the movable member and, as shown, is subject toa spring 13. The upper end of a strap 14 is secured to the lower end of the jaw or member ll, and the lower end of this strap 14 is formed with a loop 15, which embraces the belt l and is adapted to slide thereon.
The battery 3 is connected 'at one end to the electrode 4 by an insulated Wire 16, which is run up through one of the straps r9. The other end of said battery 3 is connected with the clamped jaw ll and by it with the electrode 5 by means of an insulated wire 17, which, as shown, runs for some distance within the body of the belt l, is given aloose loop 1S after it leaves the belt, and is then run upward through the strap 14. The lower end of the strap 14 is adapted to be slid upon the belt l, so that it may always be kept diametrically opposite to a vertical line drawn through the center of an electrode 4, regardless of the adjustment of the belt 1.. This permits the pad of the electrode 4 always to be located centrally on the wearers back and the pad of the electrode 5 to be located centrally on the wearers breast regardless of the required adj ustment in fitting the device to the person. Y V
It has already been indicated and will be here more positively stated that the salient object of this invention is to provide a device which may be constantly worn and which will afford means for the continuous application of electric osmose for therapeutic purposes in contradistinction to the ordinary devices in which the simple application of the electric current is provided for.
It is of course a well-known fact that a continuous electric current has the property of carrying with it a medicament or iiuid which lies in its path. Thus it is that in accordance with my invention the electrodes are themselves held out of contact with the body of the person and are provided with the absorbent pads or facings. These absorbent pads or facings (indicated in the drawings by the numeral 6) are when the device is to be used saturated with the medicament, which is applied in liquid form. The gear is properly adjusted upon the body of the wearer, so that the part to be treated will lie in the direct path between the two electrodes, and the said saturated pads are thus applied neXt to the skin. This being done, the cataphoric action of the continuous current from the battery will by a slow but continuous process drive or carrythe medicament through the skin into the body.
I believe I amthe iirst to provide a device of the above character which is capable of continuons wear.
What I claim, and desire to secure by Letters Patent of the United States, is as follows:
l. The combination with the belt l having the pocket 2, of the battery within said pocket, the electrodes 4 and 5 having the absorbent pads or facings 6 and backs '7, the shoulderstraps connecting said backs 7, the straps 9 connecting said belt with one of said backs 7, the strap 14 connecting the said belt with the other electrode, and circuit connections between said battery and said electrode, substantially as described.
2. The combination with the belt 1 having the pocket 2, of the battery within said pocket 2, the electrodes 4 and 5 having the absorbent pads or facings 6 and backs 7, the shoulder-straps connecting said backs 7, the straps 9 connecting said belt with one of said backs 7, the strap 14 and clamp 11, 12, connecting the belt with the other electrode, and circuit connections between said battery and said