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Electro-Convulsive Therapy Unit - AWA Minecta, circa 1957 Object Reg. No: SH 850524

Electro-convulsive therapy unit (also known as electro-shock therapy unit), circa 1957. Used for electric shock treatment of patients in mental health hospitals in Victoria, Australia. Designed by Prof. Trethowan and Dr Bailey. Dr Bailey is also known for the development and practice of the controversial deep sleep therapy at Chelmsford, Sydney, in the 1960s-1970s. Made by Amalgamated Wireless (Australasia) Ltd., circa 1957.
Electro-convulsive therapy machine is a square, white, metal box. The machine has an electrical cord attached and there are two curved, metal handles. Machine consists of two fuse bulbs, one 'treat' metal button, two torch bulbs for 'treat' and 'mains', voltage selector 1-7 and main switch.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Office of Psychiatric Services
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 106 mm (Height), 115 mm (Width), 160 mm (Length)

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Tagged with: psychiatric hospitals, medical apparatus instruments
Themes this item is part of: Past Treatments for Emotional Disorders, Can Our Feelings Malfunction?, Shock Therapy Units, Depression - Malignant Sadness, Electro-Convulsive Therapy, Psychiatric Institutions of the Past, Psychiatric Services Collection, Medicine in Society Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: MEDICINE & HEALTH
Secondary Classification: Mental Health - Clinical
Tertiary Classification: treatment equipment
Inscriptions: "A.W.A./MINECTA/ELECTROTHERAPY UNIT/TYPE R56044/ELECTRONIC TIMING/AUTOMATIC GLISSANDO"; "S2MG" engraved on base, "M8" scratched on base.
Manufacturer: Amalgamated Wireless (Australasia) Ltd (AWA), Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, circa 1957
Place & Date Used: Victoria, Australia, circa 1957

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