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BENJAMIN Y. BOYD, OF CHICAGO, ILLINOIS.
Specification of Letters Patent.
Patented June 29, 1909.
Application filed September 23, 1908. Serial No. 454,435.
To all whom it may concern:
Be it known that I, BENJAMIN Y. BOYD, a citizen of the United States, and a resident of Chicago, in the county of Cook and State of Illinois, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Electrotherapeutic Apparatus, of which the following is a full, clear, and exact specification.
My invention is concerned with a novel apparatus designed primarily for treating the male genitalia, although itwill be understood thatit could be employed in treating other similarly associated organs if desired.
To illustrate my invention I annex hereto a sheet of drawings, in which the same reference characters are employed to designate the same parts in both the figures, of which,-
Figure 1 is a side elevation of my apparatus with parts broken awayand in central section; and Fi 2 is a plan view in section on the line A- of Fig. 1.
The cup a, which is of the proper size and shape to receive the scrotal sack through the open top thereof, is composed of some menlating mate "a1, such as glass or hard rubber, and has the onducting wire I) passed therethrough in any suitable manner, preferably so as to keep the cup liquid tight, and provided with some means of attaching it to a flexible conductor a, such for instance as the loop d. The other cup e is similarly con" structed, excep that its size and shape are such as to perml it to receive the penis when hanging naturally. It has a similar conducting wire 7 and loop 9 to receive the flexible conductor h, which is, of course, secured to the other side of the battery from the conductor 0, when the current is to be localized on the arts. When it is to be diffused through the )ody, the connections may be as shown in dotted lines, where both cups are connected to oneside of the battery, and a movable electrode f, indicated diagrammatically, adapted to be applied to the back or any other part of the body may be connected to the other side of the battery. The two cups are r1.1nneeted,' n'eershly by a sirsliew trough-like portion 7' and a vertical web 1c, to give rigidity and strength to the structure. The battery employed will, of course, furnish whatever kind and quantity of cur-- rent is needed.
The operation of the apparatus will be readily apparent: The cups may be filled with lain water, or it may be medicated in one if it is desired to take advantage of the cataphoric action resulting from the electrolysis of the water when a direct current is employed. In a case of varicocele and diminished vigor, a positive galvanic current is sent through the scrotal sack, contractin the varicose veins, and dilating the dorsa and other veins of the penis, thus curin the varicocelc and restoring the natural vigor simultaneously. Other methods of use will he readily apparent to those familiar with electrothera y.
While I have s own and described my in-'.
vention as embodied in the form which I at present consider' best adapted to carry out its purposes, it will be understood that it is capable of modifications, and that I do not desire to be limited in the interpretation of the following claiin except as may be necessitated by the state of the prior art.
What claim as new, and desire to secure by Letters-Patent of the United States, 'is:
apparatus for the purpose described, consisting of a. pair of connected cups of insulating material adapted to receive the parts to betreated, and provided with'electrode connections so that a current of electricity can be passed into one on thence through the containedpart to and through the other part and thence from the other on y In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal, this 21st day of September, A. D. 1908.
BENJAMIN Y. BOYD. [L. s.]