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Violet Ray Generator, Renulife Model R

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Title

Violet Ray Generator, Renulife Model R

Subject

instrumentation

Description

This is a 1940s Renulife Model R Violet Ray Generator. Its manufacturer promised that the device would relieve constipation, clear the complexion, and calm the nerves, among many other uses.

Electrical medical devices like this one were popular for decades among physicians, irregular practitioners, and home users, who could purchase them through catalogs and drugstores. The machine plugs into an electrical wall outlet. A glass electrode plugs into the wand, produces a violet glow, and delivers a spark when touched to the skin. The strength of the spark, controlled by the voltage selector, ranges from mild to quite intense. Attachments could stimulate many body parts. The attachments for this model were labeled surface/general body, external throat, internal throat, single eye/nipple, rake comb, large body, spinal, fulguration/cauterizing, general metal electrode, and rectal/prostate. The operator can change the output either to violet ray or to ozone (to be used with an optional ozone generating attachment for inhalation). The operator can also select either external or internal use.

Creator

Renulife, Detroit

Source

Mütter Museum 1988.1.37A-N

Publisher

Digitized by the Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia

Date

2015

Identifier

58_10

Coverage

20th Century

Date Created

2015

Citation

Renulife, Detroit, “Violet Ray Generator, Renulife Model R,” The College of Physicians of Philadelphia Digital Library, accessed August 19, 2019, https://www.cppdigitallibrary.org/items/show/4451.