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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • SUMMER IN ITALY, 1951

Radio-Vitant: 1920

Radio-Vitant: 1920

"Walter Reed physiotherapy story." 1920 or 1921. Burdick Cabinet "Radio-Vitant ray" therapy. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

Farkery

re: re: Beam Me Up

Drat! the peril (I almost said perils) of Monomania!

re: Beam Me Up

I remember encountering the term Shermanize on an old menu in Atlanta circa 1962. I have traced the term as far back as a poem by L. (Lucy) Virginia French, published in The Southern Poems of the War, Collected and Arranged by Miss Emily V. Mason, John Murphy & Co., Baltimore, 1867. It seems Miss French was a poet and diarist of some note and, doubtless, your use of the term Shermanize was intended to call attention to this unjustly neglected daughter of old Tennessee!

[In this context, "Shermanize" is coffee-brewing slang. - Dave]

Moe, Larry, & Curly

Now I know where the Three Stooges got their ideas.

Shrunken Heads

One way or another.

Floating hand

Did anyone else notice the floating hands at the right-most box? And of course, the crutches to the left?

Clever of them

to place little windows next to a thermometer in the cabinets so that you could tell if they were done to a nice golden-brown or not.

Light-Bath Cabinets

Some info on the Burdick Cabinet Company in Mr. Burdick's obit here.

Mr. Burdick was a pioneer in the field of light therapy and electrical current as adapted to therapeutic uses. He had a conviction that light therapy was the natural way of relieving pain and suffering and spent the greater part of his life proving this theory to be correct.

The company, which operated under the name of Burdick Cabinet company until 1921, started by building a light bath cabinet. Various items were added until at the present time the corporation produces a complete line of physical medical equipment. The name was changed to the Burdick Physio-Clinic corporation for a short time and in 1926 became the Burdick Corporation.

Essential Rays

According to Enoch Mather, M.S., M.D., of Mount Clemens, Mich., in the March 1916 edition of National Eclectic Medical Association Quarterly, "Thus we see that people who are unable, due to their vocations of life, to receive the requisite amount of sunlight, must therefore resort to artificial means of obtaining these essential rays of light. We thus find our hospitals and sanitariums of today equipped with great outlays of various lights. In my own practice I have found light therapy an interesting study and of great benefit in my practice. I have a room on each floor of my sanitarium equipped with various lights, among which are the actinic rays, radio-vitant rays, deep-therapy lamp, ultra-violet rays, the solar therapeutic arc lamp, and others, besides mechano-therapeutic apparatus such as the electric vibrator, high frequency current, static machine, the therapeutic traction couch, etc."

Beam Me Up

The caption says Walter Reed, but this looks like a scene from "The Invisible Ray" now playing at the Leader Theater.

The four dials must be for Low, Medium, High and Shermanize.

And Your Little Dog, Too

I feel almost like this could be an outtake from "The Wizard of Oz." Deeply disturbing!

 
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