Late 19th century remedy for Parkinson’s

This curious looking device is one of Prof. Charcot’s inventions. After learning of some reports indicating that people who suffer from Parkinson’s disease sometimes experience improvement in their condition during lengthy rail-road voyages, Charcot decided to get the same result with this machine.  In 1892, La Nature: revue des sciences et de leurs applications aux arts published an article about this invention, also suggesting that the device can be used to treat migraines and other conditions for which there are no effective treatments. The author went as far as to say that such helmets may achieve considerable popularity.

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