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December 22, 2022

The Lawson’s Vaginal Washer

In the pre-douche era, a time of great Victorian craftsmanship and artistry, one man sought out to take on the problem of feminine hygiene. This device, the Lawson’s Vaginal Washer, was invented by Dr. Albert Abrams.

The device designed to clean the inside of one’s vagina by means of a perforated water-spraying tube surrounded by rotating squeegee scrapers.

Dr. Albert Abrams (December 8, 1863 – January 13, 1924) was the King of American Charlatans and his electric devices encouraged the production of a generation of quack machines that flooded the market in the first part of the 20th century. Dr. Abrams placed a drop of blood from one of his patients into a “dynamizer” to determine the vibration frequency of the afflicting disease, and then used an “ocilloclast” to duplicate those vibrations in order to neutralize that disease.

Dr. Abrams thus fulfilled two of the most important rules of quackery: a) there must be a logical basis for the procedure, and b) the patient must either see or feel the “cure” in action. Long term results remained a problem.


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