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Radarmed 12 S 200 heat therapy unit, 1959

The Radarmed 12 S with heat source on a long variable mounting.

2017-10-04

The history of Bosch medical technology stretches back to 1949, when the first “Omniton” hearing aid was launched on the market. A year later, the company started developing electric medical apparatus for therapeutic applications.

The Radarmed 12 S with heat source on a long variable mounting
The Radarmed 12 S with heat source on a long variable mounting
Another example of early Bosch medical technology — the 1962 „Hörbrille“
Another example of early Bosch medical technology — the 1962 „Hörbrille“ acombination of glasses and integrated hearing aid

These included microwave heat therapy units, which warmed selected parts of the body under the skin for use in orthopedic and ENT treatments, for example. The Radarmed was a popular therapeutic device among doctors in West and Middle Europe for decades, especially for ear, nose and throat specialist. The warmth also helped healing inflammatory deseases.

Dietrich Kuhlgatz

Since 1998 I have been at Bosch. I am deputy head of the Historical Communications department, working as spokesperson and researcher. I am in charge of product history requests, take care of contacts to technology and transportation museums, and I am in charge of history-related topics in Asia Australia, and Africa.
Before joining Bosch, I studied in history and philosophy at Universities of Konstanz and Hamburg. After graduating, I was editor of a scientific journal and research associate at Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin.

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