11 June, 2020, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Magneto-Electric Therapy – or, Age Seeking Youth – the Rejuvenation Emporium
Jamie Stark and Catherine Oakley
Across the late 19th and early 20th centuries, medical electricity – the subject of this chapter – was used to treat a range of conditions at electrotherapeutic departments in hospitals across the UK and the US. It also became a dominant feature of the medical marketplace. During this period, the electrified body was a common spectacle in everyday life, as the trade in electrotherapeutic devices – from electric belts and corsets, to electric hairbrushes, toothbrushes, insoles, and plasters – boomed. By the 1930s, electrotherapy was even being advertised as a rejuvenating cure for old age. This lecture uses this unfamiliar story to ask how knowledge about the therapeutic potential of medical electricity came to have the form and familiarity it did, and how this story can illuminate our present.
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Then, if that fires your imagination and curiousity, why not join the online discussion group at 4pm Thur 11 June. For details of how to access the discussion group, please click here.
This lecture is the 19th in a series of 20 as part of a free online course offering an introduction to the History of Science by the Centre for History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Leeds.