Electricity and the Invisible Ray

With electricity so much a part of modern life, most of us think nothing of its innovative role in modern health care treatment. A century ago, however, the applications of electricity to health care were just being explored, as medical practitioners developed "electrotherapies" aimed at treating a wide range of health problems. From gout and rheumatoid arthritis to skin conditions and epilepsy, the success of these treatments varied widely.

This exhibition focuses on the exciting influence of electricity and X-ray on health care in Canada at the turn of the century, and features a rare, early 1900s static generator.

Click below to watch a video tour of the Electricity and the Invisible Ray Gallery:

Read about an artefact donor's memories of the electrostatic generator on our blog.