Saturday, June 27, 2009

Quackery: Less fun that Oxycodone...more fun than Obstinate Constipation

I love medical history! And more importantly I love medical fads, frauds, and oddities. This little pamphlet is kind of wonderful in that weird world of testimonials for an odd oxygen tank contraption that cured all sorts of ailments from scoliosis to tubercolosis.
Even early on, sexiness sold products. The descreet Oxydonor is attached to the young model's leg. How the thing works...I haven't the foggiest idea.
The contraption itself, or at least the "Victory" model looks like something out of Ghostbusters. If it works the way I seemed to understand it works from the pamphlet, it generates oxygen, and then by some form of difusion pumps it into the human body. A few problems with this process that I can identify. Generating oxygen is somewhat complex unless you can set up some type of hydrolysis processes to separate water into hydrogen and oxygen. Then you end up with two highly combustible gasses.

But who cares if the science behind the device is unsound. People bought it and believed in the Oxydonor as noted by the various testimonials. For example, this machine cures Obstinate Constipation...and Quinsy, also known as Peritonsillar absces.

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