noun ( pl. -aries)
1. a descriptive or anecdotal treatise on various real or mythical kinds of animals, esp. a medieval work with a moralizing tone.
This is the first in a series of articles on the varieties of radionic devices, past and present. I’ll try to avoid a moralizing tone.
Chapter 1: Electronic Reactions of Abrams (ERA)
Genus: E.R.A. – The Electronic Reactions of Abrams
Species: Oscilloclast (incl. ‘Shortwave’ and ‘Micro’), Reflexophone, Dynamizer, Pathoclast, Autoclast, DepoloRay, Radio Disease Killer (RDK), Radio Biola.
Proponent: Dr. Albert Abrams, MD, (1863-1924) an early 20th century neurologist from San Francisco, considered the grandfather of radionics.
Makers: Dr. Abrams & Associates; the Electronic Medical Foundation
Background: a balanced, non-hysterical article about Dr. Abrams and his techniques is found here.
Function: Abrams machines are resistance devices, the dials and switches being used to varies the resistance in the circuit. The Shortwave Oscilloclast also used radio waves generated by vacuum tube circuits, tuned in the 75-80 meter shortwave band. Oscilloclasts pulsate their output at approximately one-two pulses per second by means of a mechanical interrupter circuit (causing its characteristic “clicking” sound.) Abrams believed that by applying the proper frequencies to the patient, disease-causing pathogens would be “broken”, hence the name oscillo- [vibrate] -clast [break].
Operation: the early Abrams devices were used with live humans for “detection devices”. Abrams was a master of “percussing” his patients to detect disease, a practice still commonly used today by allopathic physicians. By tapping the body at various points a doctor can determine the state of internal organs by listening and analyzing the sound made. Abrams discovered he could connect a sick patient to his devices, and when a healthy person (dubbed a “witness”) was also connected, and the proper curcuit resistance was between them, the sound made by percussing their abdomen would respond to the disease in the sick person. Then he discovered he could get the same result with a sample from the patient, at first a blood sample, but hair, saliva and even photographs and signatures worked as well. The sample was placed in the Dynamizer, which heated the witness sample with electrodes. It was connected to a Reflexophone, and then connected to the “witness”. An assistant would tune the Reflexophone dials as the physician percussed the witness’s abdomen, and reactions would be recorded as settings on the dials, called “Rates”. For treatment, the Oscilloclast was set to the proper rates and connected to the patient. The Autoclast used a mechanical spring-driven clockwork to continuously vary the resistance over a treatment session, covering all possible settings automatically.
Sub-species: Original Oscilloclast
Appearance: Long rectangular black box with three rotary Rate switches, switch button, light bulb, and four binding terminal posts.
Sub-species: Advanced Oscilloclast
A larger, more cubical box with hinged lid. Three rotary Rate switches and electrical “pulse” generator on top panel, indicator light bulb, and connections for cables.
Sub-species: Shortwave Oscilloclast
Appearance: Large rectangular cube box with hinged lid (encloses storage space). Black or brown imitation leather exterior. Recessed front control panel with a row of eleven push-button switches and timer dial. Some models have one or two additional dial controls to adjust fine resistance and rate of pulsation. Latest models with motor-driven rotating switch that automatically fed each Rate one after the other for predetermined time. Shortwave Oscilloclasts also had connections to power Depolaray magnetic treatment pads.
Sub-species: Micro-Oscilloclast: Small cubical box, wood finished, with one large tuning dial two small dials, and cable connections.
Appearance: Long rectangular black box with three or five rotary switches, switch button and four binding terminal posts.
Appearance: Small phenolic cup with two silver electrodes embedded at the bottom, and a cap with one electrode.
Appearance: Upright rectangular box, glass valve tubes on top, timer control on front, electrode connections. Like the late model Shortwave Oscilloclast, auto selected each available Rate in sequence, but with no shortwave radio wave generator.
Abrams Diagnostic Set:
Abrams and the Electronic Medical Foundation built custom combinations of the Abrams devices into desk consoles. Usually contained 3-6 Reflexophones, an Oscilloclast and a Dynamizer. Some units contained a color therapy section with various colored lights and indicators.
Commentary: Abrams and his ERA theories can certainly be considered the foundation of radionics as we know it today, even though he was limited in the knowledge and understanding of what he was working with. No radionics researcher today puts much stock in ERA per se. Abrams may have discovered radionics, but his theories of how it worked have not stood the test of time. What Abrams was doing is generally recognized today as a form of radionic dowsing, with a human belly being the first “stick pad”. In a way, Abrams is to radionics as Freud is to psychology. Both created a new field of study, but did not fully understand the reality behind it.
My own experiments with the Shortwave Oscilloclast have had positive results, but if that is so, it’s because it’s being used with focused intent by someone who understands the workings of aetheric energy; it is not a vindication of Abrams’ ERA theories of electrical currents and radio waves shattering the cells of disease pathogens.
So ERA devices are still useful to the modern radionics researcher, notwithstanding the misinterpretation by Abrams and his followers of the power behind their function.
The next chapter of the Bestiary will examine the imitators of Abrams’ devices, based on the principles of ERA.