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Friday, July 13, 2018

This Device Was Used To Treat ADHD Symptoms During 1920s


Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder , The Isolator

If you have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and lived during the 1920s, you've probably worn this strange-looking device known as "The Isolator." This device was invented by Hugo Gernsback and was designed to help the sufferers improve their focus.

The wearers were rendered deaf and pumped with oxygen from a tank. They could only see through the small openings in the helmet. This will allow them to focus solely on the task in front of them. It actually resembles a human version of horse-blinders.


People with ADHD show signs of inattentiveness, impulsiveness, and hyperactivity. It can be an exhausting condition both to the sufferers and the people around them. Fortunately, breakthroughs in modern medicine now help combat its symptoms and pinpoint the problems. ADHD patients can now live fulfilling lives without having to wear the torture-like device.

Afterall, the said device wasn't successful in battling concentration problems. Hugo Gernsback's "The Isolator" sounded good in theory; however, it failed in real-life and had done more harm than good.

Written by Kent McGrath, Lucis Philippines contributor.

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