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Publication numberUS791232 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMay 30, 1905
Filing dateOct 6, 1904
Priority dateOct 6, 1904
Publication numberUS 791232 A, US 791232A, US-A-791232, US791232 A, US791232A
InventorsCasimir Wolpers, Thomas F Barrett
Original AssigneeCasimir Wolpers, Thomas F Barrett
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Apparatus for treating rheumatic or other diseases.
US 791232 A
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srscmrca'nox forming part of Letters Patent No. 791,232, dated ma so, 1905.

Application filed October 6,1904. Serial No. 227,841.

To all whom itmaly concern:

Be it known that we, Casm'm Womans and Tnomas F. BARRETT, citizens of the United States of America, residing at Chicago, in the county of Cook and State of Illinois, have invented certain new'and useful Improvements in Apparatus for the Treatment of Rheumatic or other Diseases, of which the following is a specification.

Our invention relates to certain improvements in apparatus for the treatment of rheu-.

matic and other di; and its object is to produce a device of this class which shall have certain advantages, which will app r more' fully and at large in the course of this specification.

To this end our invention consists in certain novel feat res, which are shown in the accompanying rawings and described herein.

In the aforesaid drawings, Figure 1 is aside elevation of our improved device. Fig. 2 is a longitudinal section in the line 2 2'of Fig. 3. Fig. 3 is a transverse section in the line 3 3 of Fig. 2., Fig. 4 is aside elevation of our device, the outer wall being broken away to show a portion of the interior arrangement.

. Fig. 5 is a diagram of the wiring system;

Fig. 6 is an elevation of the rear end of the device with the outer wall removed, and Hg. 7 is an elevation of one of the reflectors.

' Referring to the drawings, A is a rectangular angle-iron frame supported by legs a. Upon this frame is-a sheet-metal plate B, which forms the base of our device. An

arched plate C, of sheet metal, forms the sides and top of an oven, of which the plate B is the bottom. This oven is lined with a sheet of asbestos D, and a second sheet of asbestos D lies. outside the arched plate C. Outside this second sheet of asbestos D and separated therefrom by an air-space is an outer wall E, also of metal, so that the sides and top of the oven are double-walled and provided with an air-space which affords an efiective heat-insulating means. I I Two angle-irons F-are secured to the base of the oven, the said irons forming rails upon which rests the'rear end of a table G, the forward end of which is supported by legs G, running upon suitable rollers. A hood H is passing to light toward the center of the oven.

provided at the front of the oven,-which can be gathered aboutthe neck of the patient to inclose the space within the oven.

The rear of the oven is also double-walled, as illustrated, and between the two walls is a fan-motor I, the shaft of which extends inside the inner wall of the oven and carries a fan 1', adapted to agitate the air within the same. The space at the rear of the oven also contains a cut-out box J, from which wires j extend to lamps K K-in the upper port on of.

the oven. The lamps are arranged in a number of longitudinally-extending rows and are secured upon barsL, which are supported within the air-space surrounding the oven proper. The wall is perforated, and the lamps-er tend thro gh said perforations and into the oven. The conducting-wires are also confined in the air pace and are preferably covered with 'an insulation to prevent the insulation f urning 0E and the wires becoming exposed on account of the great heat which is employed in operating the device. No particular description of the wiring system will be necessary, the same is fully shown in the drawings and is not claimed as an essentialportion of our device. A plurality of switches k k are provided 'which control the current the lamps K K. Reflectors 7a, the construction of which is clearly shown in Fig. 7, surround each of the lamps and direct the be seen from the drawings that the lightsK K are arranged in longitudinal and trans-' verse rows-and that the lights K are blue, while the lights K are violet. The lights K and K alternate in all the rows, both longitudinal and transverse. In this way a perfect admixture of the two lights can be obtained. In using our improved device the patient is wrappedup, preferably in heavy clcth, placed on the table, which is pulled out toreceive him, and pushed into the oven, the hood being drawn down about his neck. The lights are then turned on for various periods, as may be deemed best, the preferred method of using the device being to subject the patient first It will to the rays of light from either the blue or.

violet lamps, then to rays from the lamps of the other color, and subsequentlyto the mixed rays from the lamps of both colors. This particular method is not essential, as the patient may be subjected to the influence of various proportions of blue or violet lights, as desired. Thestructure herein illustrated is particularly advantageous, because it is simple and comparatively inexpensive. The entire structure is designed to prevent as much as possible the loss of heat, and the fan provided gives a maximum heating eflect from the power used. 4 t

We realize that considerable variation is possible in the details of this construction without departing from the spirit of the invention, and we therefore do not intend to limit 1 ourselves tothe specific form herein shown and described.

We claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent 1. In a device of the class described, the combination with an oven, of a plurality of blue and violet incandescent lamps in the same, and

means for turning on either sets of colored lamps independently of the others.

2. In adevice of the class described, the combination with an oven, of a plurality of blue and violet incandescent lamps within'the same and switches for turning on. any desired num- I ber of either blue or violet lamps iindependq ently of the others;

plate secured thereto, of an inner arch of metal,

a non-conducting lining covering said base-.

plate and an inner arch, an outer arch inclosing an air-space outside said inner arch, 'a layer of insulating material between said arches, a plurality of incandescent lamps with- I in the inner arch, a double rear wall inclosing an air-space, a fan-motor within said airspace, a fan within the rear wall, and means for closing the forward end of the oven.

5-. In a device ofthe class described, the com bination with an oven, an outer wall inclosing the fan and forming an air-chamber around the oven, supportlng-b'ars secured in sald alr- 'space, lamps secured on said supporting-bars and extending through perforations in the wall of the oven and into the chamber thereof, and

7 suitable switches for controlling said lamps.

In witness whereof we have signed the above application for Letters Patent, at Chicago, in the county of Cook and State of Illinois, this 28th day of September, D. 1904.


Witnesses: Y Cms. 0. Snnavnr,

Russm WILEB.


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Cooperative ClassificationA61N5/0614