Iontophoresis apparatus

Accession #: 2009135

Manufactured by Rhodes (later Ottley Rhodes), Newport, Gwent. Roughly assembled in a morticed and tenoned box, The main cavity once contained batteries as the energy source. The milliameter has a multirange knob at its top while its electrical connections also serve as mounts. A substantial wire-wound rheostat provides for current control. There are two flexible leads, one of which is attached to a soft metal maleable electrode. This device would have been used to apply DC potential to a patient. Similar devices were used to enhance uptake of ionisable drugs and to impose electrolyte shifts for therapeutic and diagnostic purposes.1920s

Dimension: 145 x 79 x 32 mm

Acquired: 14/11/2009