Killed by own invention

That's one way to cure rheumatism.

The Decatur Herald - July 14, 1958

Charles Werly, 52-year-old Swiss inventor, called in a group of specialists Saturday to demonstrate his new electric-wave apparatus for curing rheumatism.
Werly fitted the machine on himself, switched on the current — and died. The watching doctors said he was killed by a 220-volt charge passing through his body.

Posted By: Alex - Wed Sep 14, 2016
Category: Inventions, Experiments, 1950s

He no longer suffered from his malady.
Posted by RobK on 09/14/16 at 11:38 AM
That was one of those "Here, hold my beer" moments.
Posted by KDP in Madill, OK on 09/14/16 at 02:33 PM
I prime candidate for a Darwin Award. Remember those?
Posted by Joshua Zev Levin, Ph.D. in Marlton, NJ on 09/14/16 at 03:12 PM
But it worked!
Posted by tadchem on 09/15/16 at 05:58 AM
No one's complained!
Posted by TheCannyScot in Atlanta, GA on 09/15/16 at 06:46 AM
It prevented any new rheumatism problems from developing, as well. Amazing.
Posted by Virtual in Carnate on 09/15/16 at 02:14 PM
I guess he couldn't afford a guinea pig to test it first.
Posted by busterggi in New Britain, CT on 09/16/16 at 01:52 PM
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