Dr. Scott's Electric Flesh Brush

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The Brush

The Electric Flesh Brush was a "fad" item, created by Dr. George A. Scott, that was designed to "cure" a myriad of ailments by using magnetic fields applied directly to the skin. Popularized in the late 19th century, the brush played on the "electric" craze that had spread throughout the nation. Scott received multiple patents for his brush, including ones for the brush handle and the concept of the brush itself. After this, Scott began to sell the brush on the East Coast of the United states, and slowly made his way across the nation.

What Did It Cure?

The Brush was claimed to have been a "curing" instrument for many common ailments, including:

  • Rheumatism
  • Sciatica
  • Gout
  • Nervous Debility
  • Lumbago
  • Neuralgio
  • Toothache
  • Malarial Lameness
  • Common Aches/Pains
  • Impure Blood
  • Impaired Circulation
  • Stomach Pains
  • Kidney Troubles
  • Backaches "Specific to Women"

The (Easily Foreseen) End of An Era

Despite the relatively cheap price ($1-$3) and supposed "effectiveness" of the Brush, the fad passed just as quickly as it had arrived. Almost a decade after its inception in 1882, the Brush had all but faded from existence, and the public had lost all interest in Dr. Scott's products. However, the (albeit short-lived) impact of the Electric Flesh Brush would serve as a benchmark of America's transition into the Modern Age.

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