It's a great example of pop-medicine, and in good shape like this I'd say it could fetch 200 at auction.



  • Fact 1: Patented by Sawada Kinnosuke in 1927, this device claimed to cure various illnesses.
  • Fact 2: This particular piece claimed to direct the sun's "good rays" to heal an afflicted area of the body.
  • Fact 3: Snake Oil, sold by "Rattlesnake King" Clark Stanley, was a mix of mineral oil, beef fat and turpentine.
  • Fact 4: The term “"quack" derives from the archaic Dutch word "quacksalver," meaning "boaster who applies a salve.”"
  • Fact 5: Seasonal Affective Disorder, a recognized mood disorder that causes depression-like symptoms, stems from a lack of exposure to sunlight.

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