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Electropode galvanic foot battery

A galvanic quack device consisting of a zinc plate and a copper plate, each hinged in 3 sections and backed with cloth. "The copper is worn in one shoe, the zinc in the other, and the nerves themselves act as connecting wires between the positive and the negative, thereby building up the entire nervous system". The device is "Guaranteed by the Electropode Company, Lima, Ohio, under the Food and Drugs Act, June 30, 1906". The instructions cover use for nervous headaches, rheumatism, weak hearts, and bad odors of the feet. Joseph Askins, of Lima Ohio, patented an improved version of this device in 1908, in which the two metal elements are mounted together, rather than placed in separate shoes. This example was not patented, as similar foot electrodes date from the late 1800's. Circa 1910, fine condition, with cardboard box and instruction sheet.

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