Magneto-electric machine, late 19th century.

Image number: 10284559

Magneto-electric machine, late 19th century.

In the late 18th century, Luigi Galvani (1737-1798) discovered 'animal electricity'. Nerves and muscles in animals function by tiny electrical currents, and can be stimulated by outside electricity. Soon electrical treatments were in great fashion, and were believed to be able to cure all manner of complaints, from gout to paralysis.

Image number:
10284559
Credit:
Science Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
Date taken:
20 October 2003 12:36
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Science Museum