Quack Medicine

Quack Medicine

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Credit: Ted Kinsman/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: A quack medical device used to restore hair, cure cancer, increase intelligence, and cure gout. The device is actually a Tesla coil used to excite a tube filled with low pressure neon gas. The device had no medical advantages. This device was sold under a number of names including the Violet ray. Sold from the 1930's until the late 1970's.

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