Dr Bruce's Electrotherapy Room in 1905

This diorama is one the many that can be seen in the Glimpses of Medical History gallery of The Wellcome Museum of the History of Medicine in London. It shows the equipment used by Alexander Bruce for electrotherapy in the early 20th century in Edinburgh.

"Most of the very impressive looking electrical apparatus was made in Paris by the firm of Gaiffe: French makers were well known for making medical equipment of this type. It was installed in Dr Bruce's rooms between 1903 and 1909. The apparatus produced electrical currents of various kinds which were used either to discover nervous disorders or to treat them, though the manner in which the treatment was effected was not clear"1.

  • Photos by ti.supmacinu|ihgrob.l#ihgroB acuL (August 2011), courtesy of the Science Museum.

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