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Electro-Convulsive Therapy Machine - Both Equipment Pty Ltd, circa 1930 Object Reg. No: SH 923181

Alternative Name(s): ECT Machine

Electro-Convulsive Therapy Machine manufactured by Both Equipment Pty. Ltd, circa 1930. It was used for electro-convulsive shock therapy at a mental health hospital in Beechworth, Victoria, Australia
Electroconvulsive therapy machine in blue plastic case with leather handle. Brand name 'Both'. Panel of machine includes a scale for measuring ohms and volts; a knob for administering volts from 70 to 160; two red lights; a tele- phone dial numbered 1-0; a green light; a knob to be turned from 'Test' to 'Shock'; and a knob labelled 'Adjust Ohms'. A white electric flex cord for conveying current is also included.
Statement Of Significance:
Example of medical treatment administered in mental health hospitals in Victoria Australia
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mayday Hills Hospital, 1992
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 18.00 cm (Height), 27.00 cm (Width), 33.00 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: mental health, mental health institutions, hospitals, radiopaque, making history - psych services
Themes this item is part of: Psychiatric Services Collection, Medicine in Society Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: MEDICINE & HEALTH
Secondary Classification: Mental Health - Clinical
Tertiary Classification: treatment equipment
Inscriptions: Both Equipment Pty.Ltd./Adelaide and Sydney/Type No. B.S.T., Serial No.114. App. No.---, 240v, 50.
Manufacturer: Both Equipment Pty. Ltd., Australia, circa 1930
Place Used: Beechworth, Victoria, Australia, circa 1930


Norman Bantin Posted on 21 Jan 2013 8:48 AM
Used to work as an apprectice and servive tech at Both Equipent at Mlson Point,from 1960 -1967 and used to service these machines as well as ECG, EEG and other Electro-Medical Equipment with Ian Stewart my mentor
Philippa Martyr Posted on 08 Jun 2015 2:42 PM
This machine is more likely to have been manufactured after 1960. ECT was not developed as a mode of treatment until 1938, and the earliest machines were built of wood and were very primitive. This is a much later model. We have the same model at the Mental Health Museum of WA, and it was manufactured some time in the 1960s.

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