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Oxydonor No.2

The highly decorated nickel plated cylinder is marked "Oxydonor No. 2, manufactured by Dr. H. Sanche & Co., Montreal, Canada, VICTORY, Diaduction Rules Life". Dr. Hercules Sanche's signature and the Victory eagle trade mark are prominently displayed on the front of the tube. The cardboard box is marked "OXYDONOR, Dr. H. Sanche & Co., Ltd., Montreal, Canada". The two electrode disks are marked "Dr. H. Sanche & Co., Montreal, Canada, Pat Dec 27, 1898". One of America's most notorious quacks, Dr. Sanche apparently moved around a lot, keeping one step ahead of the authorities. His July 27, 1897 patent lists his residence as New Orleans, and his Aug 3, 1897 patent as Detroit. In 1915, a fraud order was issued against Dr. Sanche & Co., of New York, Rochester, Chicago and Detroit. He soon evaded this setback by marketing his devices from Montreal. In Feb, 1916, the fraud order was extended to cover his Montreal address. This device likely dates from that period.

The Oxydonor Victory is simply a metal tube filled with carbon. Unlike the many contemporary galvanic quack devices, it produces no electricity. It was claimed to cure virtually all diseases simply by forcing oxygen into the body. Proponents of Sanche's incredible theory of "Diaduction" (the pseudoscientific explanation of the Oxydonor cure)organized as the Fraternity of Duxanimae. In this way, Sanche solicited donations for the cause (Diaduction), in addition to sales of the Oxydonor. While Sanche and other notable quacks contributed nothing to modern medicine, they probably made an immense contribution to modern marketing techniques.

The Oxydonor, with its two electrodes and red cloth covered wires and cardboard box, is in fine condition.

the patented electrode

the device and wires

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