US 742814 A
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'No. 742,814. f PATENTED OCT. 27, 1903. A. v. TODD.
APPLICATION FILED AUG. 3, 1903.
UNITED STATES ALBERT V. TODD,
SURGICAL Patented October 2'7, 1903.
OF DENVER, COLORADO.
SEECIFICATION forming Application filed August 3, 1903. Serial No. 168,110. (No model.)
To all whom it may concern:
Be it known that I, ALBERT V. TODD, a citizen of the United States of America, residing in the city and county of Denver anc State of Colorado, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Surgical Applianccs; and I do declare the following to be a full, clear, and exact description of the invention, such as will enable others skilled in the art to which it appertains to make and use the same, reference being had to the ac-- companying drawings, and to the figures of reference marked thereon, which form a part of this specification.
My invention relates generally to improvements in surgical appliances for the prevention and cure of spermatorrhea, and more specifically to devices to prevent masturbation. The instrument is intended for use until the aforesaid habit is mastered or overcome.
The main feature of the device consists of a shield preferably composed of wire in the form of a coil, the said shield being only of sufficient length to accommodate the male organ of generation when in its normal condition, the shield being, however, capable of elongation, as circumstances may require.
he shield is provided with a removable electric belt or band at its base and is connected with a pad, the latter being held in place by straps and bands. A metallic suspensory connected with the belt may be employed, if desired.
Having briefly outlined my improved construction, together with its purposes and function, I will proceed to describe the same in detail, reference being made to the accompanying drawings, in which is illustrated an embodiment thereof.
In the drawings, Figure 1 is a perspective view of the complete device, showing all 0 its attachments. Fig. 2 is a sectional elevation with parts broken away. Fig. 3 is a perspective view showing the electric band or belt feature in connection with the wire suspensory.
The same reference characters indicate the same parts in all the views.
Let the numeral 5 designate a suitable pad, to which is attached a waistband 6. This band is attached to the pad at one extremity l the band 6 and connected by means of a buckle at its opposite extremity after passing around the waist of the wearer. After one extremity of is passed through the buckle it may be connected with the other end of the band, as shown at 6, by
means of a wire which is passed through the band, its extremities being twisted together. The object of this wire is to prevent the possibility of removing the device cutting the band. The wire passed through the band, as aforesaid, will resist any reasonable eifort on the part of the wearer in an attempt to break or cut the band. The pad is further held in place by bands 7, each of which is buckled at one extremity to the pad 5. The extremities of these bands 7 after passing through the buckles may be connected by twisting the wire ends 7 together, as shown in Fig. 1. The wires 7 when used pass through the bands 7 in the same manner as the wire a in band 6, as heretofore explained. These bands are preferably made of two thicknesses of material, and the wire or wires are placed between these thicknesses, whereby they are concealed except where they, are twisted together at their extremities. The end of each band 7 remote from the pad 5 is connecte with a band 8, which passes downward around and in the rear of the scrotum. To the lower part of the pad 5 is attached a sort of bag or suspensory 8, adapted to inclose and support the scrotum. This bag 8 also incloses a suspensory 12, composed of a wire coil. This part 12 is connected with an electric belt or band 10, composed of metal sections 10 and with a suitable covering 10 This covering may be of muslin or any other suitable or desirable material.
Suitably attached to the pad 5 in front is the shield 9, preferably composed of a coil of spring-wire whose convolutions are connected by means of flexible devices 13. These devices 13 may be composed of wire, cord, or any other suitable material. Their function is to limit the extension or yielding capacity of the convolutions of the coil, thus preventing undue elongation of the shield or undue separation of This shield preferably tapers from the base, where the electric band is located, toward its extremity, which is provided with an opening the convolutions of the shield.
'9 for urinating purposes. In the outer or smaller extremity of the shield may be placed a quantity of absorbent cotton or any other suitable or desirable material for absorbing outwardly by means of hooks The removable electric belt 10 which engage the adjacent or innermost convolution of the device 9.
\Vhen the device is in use, it may be held as securely in place as may be necessary or desirable by means of the bands 6 and 7, as heretofore explained.
Attention is called to the fact that the pad 5 is also provided with a wire 5, concealed within its folds for the same purpose as the wires employed 1n connection with the bands,
"In further explanation of my improved device I desire to state that the shield may be insulated, if desired, in order ,to protect the patient from the results of a too powerful current of electricity generated by the elec- The insulation may be accomplished 1n any suitable manner.
other suitable or desirable fastening means. Attention is called to the fact that the fiexi-' ble parts 13 may be used or not, as desired, also to the fact that the wires 6 and 7 may or may not be employed, according as circumstances or the condition of the patient may dictate.
If desired, the appliance may be made with a spiral shield very short and onlylong enough to hold the electric-belt attachment in place.
' course plained; but the advantages of the electricbelt feature will be retained.
This electric band or belt. is worn for the treatment of sexual disorders and nervous debility. It is made of suitable metal plates (zinc and copper preferred) overlapping each other in the proper manner to generate a curpurpose ofcarrying a current of electricity to the adjacent parts or organs. The suspensory if desired, thereby preventing any injury by reason of a heavy current of electricity. The eleetric'current is generated when the belt is worn by the heat and secretions of the body coming in contact with the belt. The electric current may also e generated by dipping the belt into a suitid solution for a few minutes, after able ac which the loose moisture may be wiped off.
I reserve the right to make the appliance either with or Without the electriebelt or attachment, as may be desired orpreferred. I also reserve the right to dispense with the part 8.
Having thus described my invention, what claim is- 1. A surgical appliance of the class described, provided with an extensible shield open at its outer extremity, and suitable means for holding the device in p tached to thepad and having an opening at 3. An extensible shield composed of a coil of wire whose convolutions diminish in size from its inner extremity outwardly, in com bination with means for holding the shield in place on the'wearer.
In a surgical device, the combination of a wire shield, an electric band or belt located at the base of the shield, and means forholding the device in place.
5. The combinationof a shield composed nected with the shield, for holding the samein place.
In testimony whereof I affix my signature in presence of two witnesses.
ALBERT V. TODD.
lVitnesses H. B. LA DUE, JAMES P. MULLINS.