The Radio-Rem Emanator (ca. 1920)

The Radio-Rem (as in "radioactive-remedy") was manufactured by Schiefflin and Company of New York, a well-known pharmaceutical company.

All eight bottles were filled with water and left to charge over a four day period. Inside each bottle was a radium-containing brownish-pink terra cotta rod which released radon into the water. According to the manufacturer's literature, the radium was in the form of radium sulphate.

After four days, one bottle would be consumed in the morning and a second bottle consumed in the afternoon. After drinking the water, the bottles were refilled and allowed to recharge. By the time the water in the eighth bottle had been consumed, the water in the first bottle would have had the necessary four days to recharge. A red plastic ring was used to keep track of which bottle was to be drunk next.

Donated by John Wilson.


Size:  The individual bottles are ca. 6 1/2" high and 2 1/2" in diameter

Exposure Rate:  ca. 12 uR/hr above background at 1 foot from single bottle.

According to the manufacturer's literature, "the strength of the charge may be easily controlled. Each rod will yield 100 Mache units."  "Inasmuch as water charged with emanation by means of one RADIO-REM rod in the manner previously described contains 100 Mache units, each daily dose (two bottles) supplies 200 Mache units, an amount comparing favorably with that furnished by the stronger radio-active springs."

Several versions of the Radio-rem outfit were sold. The Radio-Rem C (8 bottle) version yielding 200 Mache units/day (the one shown here) was the cheapest at $15. In addition, four two-bottle versions were sold:

No.2 yielding 1000 Mache units $25.00

No.3 yielding 2000 Mache units $45.00

No.4 yielding 5000 Mache units $90.00

No.5 yielding 10,000 Mache units $150.00


Radium Therapy Corporation. Radium Emanation Therapy with Radio-Rem. Brochure. No date, but references up to 1914.

Radium Therapy Co. Radio-Rem. Brochure. No date.

American Medical Association. New and Nonofficial Remedies, 1922.

G.A. Roush (ed.). The Mineral Industry. Its Statistics, technology and Trade During 1914. McGraw-Hill. 1915.

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