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There's sure to be more where that came from! I'll take a wall-mounted model, please. Perhaps the special substance inside the tube WAS magical oxygen - you just can't patent magic. (Actually, you probably can protect a magic trick under trade secrets, but that's a whole 'nother story.)

Thanks for the mention!

Believe me, there's more. I'm sure if Sanche had thought of Magical Oxygen, he would have tried to patent it.

Thank YOU for pointing me toward what turned out to be a very entertaining tale!

These days, Dr. Sanche would be known as an osteopath...

I don't know... osteopaths have to go to school and get certified and all that. I'm guessing he'd go by Dcotor Hercules (with Doctor in quotes) and run a holistic medicine shop out of the back room of a dry cleaner.

I was digging in my back yard in Suffern, NY when I found this metal object with the following markings: "Electropoise" "Birmingham, Ala.""PAT'D MARCH 31, ????" "MADE IN U.S.A," "D20597" There are other words but some of them are worn. Nice to find out what it actually was used for. Thank you.

That's very intriguing, Susie! Glad This post could be of some help. I'd be thrilled if you would send me a picture of the device:

croot@denverlibrary.org

I have a newspaper clipping from February 1893 about a young lady who took an overdose of morphine. Doctors were called. They did everything possible but is became "apparent she would die". An hour later, "At 11 o'clock a man with an electropoise machine appeared at the house and asked permission to apply it to the young lady. After using it for half an hour, Mrs. H----- seemed much better." Unfortunately, she died at "1:20 o'clock", less than 2 hours later.

Thanks for sharing that, Jan! Sad outcome, but not terribly unexpected. I'd wager there was not much that could be done for a morphine overdose at that time, and since using the Electropoise was tantamount to doing nothing at all, at least it didn't do any harm.

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