US 745264 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
No. 745,264. PATBNTED NGV. 24, 1903.
A. v. TODD.
APPLIGATION'HLED MAY 29, 1903.
fatented lVovember 24, 1903;.
l PATENT OFFICE.
ALBERT V. TODD, OF DENVER, COLORADO.
SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. I745,264, dated November 24, 1903. Application led May 29, 1903. Serial No. 159,356. (No model.)
To a/ZZ` whom, t may concer-n.-
Be it known that I, ALBERT V. TODD, a citizen of the United States of America, residing at the city and county of Den-ver and State of Colorado, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Surgical Appliances; and I do 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, reference being had to the accompanying drawings, and to the igures of reference marked thereon, which form a part of this specification. v
This invention relates to improvements in surgical appliances, and more particularly for the treatment of the male organs in the cure for involuntary emissions from any cause or used as a preventive for self-abuse or masturbation frequently practiced by Weak-minded boys or young men.
The object of the invention is to produce an appliance forthe purposes as above outlined adapted to be worn at all times, permitting the patient to urinate without its removal, which is a preventive for involuntary erections, in which provision is made for the absorption of fluids, and is provided with means for the strengthening and curing of the weakened organs.-
To that end it consists of a hollow tube or casing to be iitted over the pen-is and secured to the wearer by pad, bands, and buckles to hold the appliance in place, a removable cover attached to the outer end of the tube to facilitate the introduction and removal of absorbent cottonwithout removing the appliance, and an auxiliary tube provided with an alarm to indicate the involuntary erection of a sleeping patient.
The invention further consists in other details of its construction and combinations of its operative parts, all of which I will 'now proceed'to definitely describe and then point out in the claims that whichl believe to be novel.
In the drawings, Figure 1 is a perspective view showing thev general arrangement of my improved appliance. Fig. 2 is a central longitudinal section of the same on alarger scale, with securing-bands broken away. Fig. 3 is a similar central section showing a modied form of applying myimprovement. Fig. 4 is a detail View of an electric belt or generator employed. Fig. 5 is a fragmentary detail view ot' the electric belt, showingthe strip of felt with which it is connected. Fig. 6 is a section taken on the line 6 6,' Fig. 5.
The same reference characters indicate the same parts in all the views.
Let the numeral 5 designate the main tube or casing. This tube or casing is secured at its inner end to the pad 6, and the pad 6 is provided with the bauds 7, 8, 9, and 10, arranged for securing the appliance to the patient. The band 7 is secured at 7' and adapted to be passed around the waist and buckled at 7, the bands 8 and 9 being secured to the short looped band 10 and adapted to be passed around the thighs and buckled to the pad by the buckles 8a and 9, respectively. At the mouth or inner end of the tube 5 is arranged the open electric belt 12, the body of whichconsists of the wellknown arrangement of alternate plates of Zinc and copper or other material. To one end of this belt is connected the spirally-looped wire 13. (More clearly shown in detail in Fig. 4.) When desired, the electric belt may be madeconsiderably broader than shown in the drawings, so as to generate a current of electricity strong enough to assist the cure of sexual diseases, and the spiral suspensory 13, which is placed around the testicles, imparts a mild current of electricity to these parts. A strip of felt 21 is secured to the belt by means of rivets 23 or other suitable fastening devices. (See Figs. 5 and 6.) This piece of felt serves as a convenient means for charging the belt, which may be done by immersing the latter in an acid solution, as vinegar. If necessary, the inner face of the belt may be covered with chamois-skin to prevent the belt from burning the iesh, or the whole may be incased in a pocket composed of linen or other suitableA material. The belt is preferably provided with a number of hooks 12a, which engage the inner extremity of the tube and prevent the belt from slipping downwardly therein farther than is desirable.
At the outer end of the tube 5 is fitted the cover 14. This cover 14 is hinged in any suitable manner and provided with perforations 14a for the free ventilation of the tube. At the inner edge of the tube and projecting IOC toward the body of the patient is a series of short points or brads 22. These are of suicient length to cause considerable annoyance and pain to the patient should any attempt be made to manipulate the penis by means of the tube, thus serving to prevent weakminded and insane patients from practicing self-abuse.
The construction as just described consists of the arrangement as shown in Fig. 3.
The indicator or alarm attachment consists ot' an auxiliary tube l5, which is adjustably telescoped over the tube 5 and held at the desired position by the string 16, secured to the stud 17. Mounted in the auxiliary tube 15 is the alarm-bell 18, operated by the push-button 19, which in turn is operated by the plunger 20, fitted in the tube 5 (see Fig. 2) and having its stem 20 protruding through one of the perforations lat1 of the cover 14.
Should the tube 5 be made of a porous material, it may be lined with oil-silk or any desirable waterproof material.
In practice the' appliance is strapped to the patient, as above described, the looped band 10, passing back of the scrotum, serving to hold the spiral wire 13 in place, and the bands 7, 8, and 9 are passed around the body, as above described, and buckled in place, or the bands may be of sufficient length to be tied in difficult knots to prevent a weakminded patient from removing the device.
The arrangement as shown in Fig. 2 and above described is especially adapted to attach `to a patient at night, when should an erection take place the plunger 2O would be forced forward and ring the bell 18, as above described, awakening the patient, and thereby preventing an involuntary emission.- When the patient desires to urinate, he has but to open the cover 14 and remove the cotton 23, which may as readily be replaced and closed after the operation, thus avoiding any necessity of the removal of the appliance.
Having thus described my invention, what I claim is- 1. The combination of a tube, suitable means for attaching the same to the body of the wearer, and an electric belt composed of plates of different material, and a piece of absorbent material attached to the plates on the outside, the said belt being fitted into the inner extremity of the tube but detachably connected therewith, and a metal suspensory connected with one end plate of the said belt.
y 2. The combination of a tube, suitable appliances for attaching the same to the body of the wearer, a ring or belt composed of plates of different material adapted to produce a weak electric current, and a metal suspensory connected with one end plate of the ring or belt.
3. The combination of a tube, suitable means for applying the same as set forth, and a perforated hinged cap applied to the outer extremity of the tube, for the purpose set forth.
4. In a device of the class described, the combination of a tube open at its inner extremity and normally closed at its outer extremity, means for applying the same, a plunger located within the tube, a stem connected with the plunger and passing through the outer extremity of the tube, an auxiliary tube slidably mounted on the main tube and into which the stem of the plunger protrudes, suitable means for holding the auxiliary tube in operative relation with the main tube, and an alarm device mounted in the auxiliary tube and adapted to be acted on by the stem ofthe plunger when the latter is forced outwardly by pressure from within.
5. In a surgical appliance, the combination of a tube open at its inner extremity and normally closed at its outer extremity, a ring or belt composed of plates of different material surrounded by a piece of absorbent material attached to the plates, a metal suspensory connected with one end plate of the belt, the said belt being inserted in the inner extremity of the tube but detachably connected therewith, a plunger locatedwithin the tube, a stem connected with the plunger and passing through the outer extremity of the tube, an auxiliary tube adjustably mounted on the main tube, suitable means for connecting the two tubes in operative relation, and an alarm device located within the auxiliary tube and adapted to be operated by the stem of the plunger when the latter is forced outwardly by pressure from within the tube.
6. The combination of a tube, suitable means for attaching it to the body of the wearer, said tube being open at its inner extremity, and a hinged cap arranged to close the outer extremity of the tube, substantially as described.
7. In a device of the class described, the combination of a tube open at its inner extremity, and normally closed at its outer extremity, means for applying the same, a plunger located within the tube, a stem connected with the plunger and passing through the outer extremity of the tube, an auxiliary extension-tube connected with the main tube and into which the stem of the plunger pro -trudes, and an alarm device mounted in the auxiliary extension-tube and adapted to be acted on by the stem of the plunger when the latter is forced outwardly by pressure from within.
8. In a device of the class described, the combination of a tube open at its inner extremity and normally closed at its outer extremity, means for applying the same, and an electric belt placed within the tube at its inner extremity, said belt being surrounded by a piece of absorbent material for convenience of charging.
9. In a device of the class described, the combination of a tube, suitable means for ap- IOO xo the wearer, and an electric belt composed of plates of different material, and a piece of absorbent material attached tothe plates on the outside, said belt being fitted into the inner extremity of the tube but detachablyT connected therewith.
In testimony whereof l affix my signature in presence of two witnesses.
ALBERT V. TODD.
H. B. LA DUE, MARY L. HENSGEN.