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Saturday, February 16, 2013

"Actina" Directions

actina 3 by a1scrapmetal
actina 3, a photo by a1scrapmetal on Flickr.
“Professor” William C. Wilson recognized the difficulties people were having with their hearing and vision, and so produced the Actina Pocket Battery, which purportedly cured both blindness and deafness for a mere ten dollars. In fact, the Actina was simply a small metal cylinder that contained a piece of muslin soaked in sassafras, mustard oil, belladonna extract, ether, and amyl nitrate. The device had to be sent back to the manufacturer three times a year to be “recharged” (for one dollar) and of course, a “caution” was included in the package insert: “Do not allow any one under any circumstances to recharge your Actina. Our formula is a secret..."

The above is  from this web site.


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