NO WIRES ON RADIO KNIFE (Mar, 1933)

Wow, that looks …um… positively terrifying!

NO WIRES ON RADIO KNIFE
Surgeons hail a new radio knife, devoid of wires, as an outstanding advance. Previous types have long employed high-frequency currents like those of radio, led through a dangling cord, to make clean, bloodless cuts in tissue. The latest apparatus dispenses with any electric connection and leaves the surgeon’s hands unencumbered in a delicate operation. An insulated electrode behind the patient’s back charges his skin, and the surgeon’s scalpel absorbs enough energy at the
point of contact to divide the tissues cleanly.

4 comments
  1. KeithLDick says: January 12, 20079:56 pm

    Looks very scary to me… hahaha

    Things sure have changed over the years…

  2. Anonymous of Course says: May 14, 200812:39 pm

    It looks like the grand daddy of the Bovie electrocautery unit. Now there are one use disposable units no bigger than a pocket knife. It’s true,things have changed.

  3. Amine says: May 10, 20094:25 am

    I would like to use this foto for my phd. is there any copyright on it? Of course, I would mention your website as a link address.

  4. Toronto says: May 10, 20099:44 pm

    It’s got a handle on the top, and draw latches, so it’s portable by 1933 standards.

    Are the current ones really the size of a pocket knife? Very interesting.

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