Electricity is Life

Electricity is Life

The Electricity is Life machine could be found in arcades around the turn of the 20th century. People might pay a penny to cure their ailments such as “headaches, neuralgia, rheumatism, nervousness.” The machine generated an electric current when a person moved the handles. In addition to its supposed medical

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On Medical Material (De materia medica)

On Medical Material

Pedanius Dioscorides was a first-century physician traveling with the Roman army under Emperor Nero to places such as Italy, Gaul, Spain, and Greece. During his travels, he studied local plants, making note of their medicinal uses and adding extensively to the knowledge of plant use in medicine. When he finished

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Jarvik-7, First Successful Artificial Heart

Jarvik-7, First Successful Artificial Heart

First used in 1982, this device assists the heart in pumping blood and is powered by a separate air compressor outside of the body. The artificial heart attaches directly to the natural one. Named for its designer, Dr. Robert K. Jarvik, it was used as a permanent implant for five

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Perkins Tractors

Perkins Tractors

Connecticut physician Elisha Perkins developed “Perkins” tractors to cure a variety of ailments, such as rheumatism, gout, and inflammation. He theorized that these iron or brass pins, when drawn across the painful area, would ease discomfort. In 1796, Perkins applied for a U.S. patent for his tractors. That same year,

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Vector EKG Wire-frame Models

Vector EKG Wire-frame Models

Otto Schmitt, a biophysicist at the University of Minnesota, is considered the father of biomedical engineering. Schmitt wanted to improve on the electrocardiograph (EKG), which measures electrical currents of the heart. As a result of his research in the late 1940s and 1950s, he created a way to represent a

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Electric Bitters

  “You are feeling depressed, your appetite is poor, you are bothered with headache, you are fidgety, and nervous, and generally out of sorts, and want to brace up… What you want is an alternative that will purify your blood, start healthy action of liver and kidneys, restore your vitality,

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