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Galvanic Batteries (plaque galvanique or pile electrique de sante)

These quack medical devices were to be worn around the neck for the cure of many diseases. They were composed of dissimilar metals (usually copper, brass and nickel) to produce a galvanic current with the perspiration from the chest.

"Natures Own Remedy," "The Blood is the Life," "As Lightening purifies the Air so must Electricity purify the Blood."


French Galvanic Battery by R. Osselin with a bust of Hippocrates, circa 1890.

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