Nov 30 / admin

The Veedee

'VeeDee' Mechanical vibrator, London, England, 1900-1915
I’ve been collecting and displaying a few old and curious historical  devices previously used in the treatment of musculo-skeletal(MSK) pain.   The ‘Veedee’ vibratory massager, produced around the turn of the 20th century by J.E. Garratt, 96 Southwark Street, London S.E., was not only used for MSK pain but also claimed to treat colds, digestive complaints and flatulence through ‘curative vibration’.
The name is thought to be a foreshortening of  Veni Vidi Vici’. (I came, I saw, I conquered), presumably with reference to pain and illness.

The device was very fashionable for a time, however, when applied as in the illustration left, it requires a considerable amount of effort to maintain any vibration and the sensation itself is somewhat unpleasant. I do not intend to re-introduce it into my practice!

The device was marketed around the world. An interesting and amusing article relating to its use and the type of ailments that exponents advocated it for can can be found by visiting this page at the National Archive of Australia and viewing a newspaper report of a demonstration in Adelaide in 1914.

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