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Discussion in 'Electronic Design' started by Watson A.Name - Watt Sun, Sep 14, 2003.

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  1. Another Weird Science factoid.

    From 'Electronics', Oct 6, 1961, P.11
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    Brainwave Retarder Relaxes Insominacs

    CHICAGO - Relaxing machine for electro-hypnotic
    treatment of insomnia and other mild mental
    disorders will be displayed at the National
    Electronics Conference by the newly-formed
    Electronic Polyphase Ionic Corp.

    Reportedly redesigned from a Russian invention
    of the early 30's, Electroson passes a pulsed
    5-mA current from eye-socket electrodes, through
    the brain to the base of the skull. The pulses
    stimulate brain cells, reducing the flicker
    frequency which indicates the brain's level of
    excitability, the company says.

    Device has been classed as a clinical tool,
    for sale to medically qualified persons only.
    Early models will use vacuuim tubes, but a
    transistor unit is in the prototype stage.


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    I wonder what the original purpose of this Stalinist invention was.
     
  3. Torture? :-O


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  4. Nice toy for the home-sugreons hobby club.

    I do remeber seeing an old russian output transformer from a tube
    amplifier, it used some kind of paper for isolation.
    I wonder how the original tube model of this device behaved in a humid
    environement.

    Anyone wants to volunteer as a test person?
     
  5. Tim Williams

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    Got something against paper? Works just fine if impregnated properly.

    Tim (done it before)
     
  6. On Sun, 14 Sep 2003 08:37:15 -0700, Watson A.Name - "Watt Sun"

    When I worked for a previous employer, they had a neurological
    stimulator which charged a high voltage capacitor to some
    killovoltage, and then dumped it into a small coil placed on the
    patients head. Well, one of the guys at the office wanted to demo this
    thing, so he asked the secretary to be a gunea pig. The guy cranked it
    up very high. When he set off the pulse, the secretary instantly threw
    up right in his lap. He deserved that for shure.
     
  7. Dave VanHorn

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    something like this?
    http://sulcus.berkeley.edu/mcb/165_001/papers/manuscripts/_54.html
     
  8. On Mon, 15 Sep 2003 02:51:01 GMT, Stepan Novotill

    By the way, I once wrapped a few turns of house wire around my head
    and discharged a bank of four photoflash caps into it using an SCR. It
    had no effect on me. Bwaahaahaa!
     
  9. Mark Jones

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    Good thing you're not a Vietnam vet! :)
     
  10. Garrett Mace

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    Other than the random flashes of insanity, a penchant for gaudy spandex
    uniforms, and one or two unique abilities such as absolute control of all
    things styrofoam?
     
  11. where is news2020 when you want to try a new toy?
     
  12. Gnekker

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    Reportedly redesigned from a Russian invention
    I don't want to get political here, but many other countries beside Russia
    were (and still are) using electro shock "therapy", USA included.
    Don't get me wrong, I am not Russian, and not defending anybody, just wanted
    to say that practice is not so uncommon, for whatever reason.....
     
  13. onestone

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    Actually this isn't as wacky as it sounds, although I'd have severe
    reservations with the 5mA current, a hundred or so microamps is plenty.
    Electronic stimulus has been used clinically to induce a deep state of
    relaxation, it is a reasonably well known process. My father in law
    cannot have conventional anaesthesia, and this method was used when he
    needed urgent surgery, no drugs, and he remained conscious throughout.
    I've also used it myself. After a serious spinal injury some years ago I
    have constant chronic pain, I'm not keen to use morphine, as
    prescribed, and find that I can at least relax using this method.
    Voltages are less than 30V. elctrode placement is critical, ut doesn't
    involve the base of the skull.

    AL
     
  14. Recently I talked about this type of treatment for depression, and the
    thread was usurped by some of those familiar with the situation. I
    saw the device being used on TV, and it looked like a large
    caterpillar being placed on the guy's head. Thanks for the info, it
    has answered my questions on what the device was and how it worked.


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  15. I'm just trying to figure out what you meant by that. Is there
    something different about them, compared to WW2 vets, or Desert Storm
    vets, for instance?


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  16. In a sorta Wheeler-Feynman analogy, I want a brainwave
    _advancer_, dammit!

    Mark L. "I'm never awake enough" Fergerson
     
  17. Just turn the battery around. ;-)
     
  18. Not safe! The Energizer bunny died that way. Someone put the batteries
    in backwards, so instead of going and going amd going, it started coming
    and coming and coming.

    Cheers,
    Fred
     
  19. Just turn the battery around. ;-)
    That's the way rabbits live, that's the way rabbits die.

    Cheers!

    Chip Shults
    My robotics, space and CGI web page - http://home.cfl.rr.com/aichip
     
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