Basic Principles of some Early Pioneers

The Science and Philosophy of the Drown Radio Therapy 1938

In this book she expounds her philosophy of Life. Chapters include:

1. Life as an energy, a consciousness and a substance. 2. Life Force and Magnetism in relation to the body. 3. The Chemistry, Physics and Metaphysics of the body. 4. Radio-Vision photographs. 5. Diagnosis and Treatment.


Certificate of Merit being awarded to Dr. Ruth B. Drown by the New York Museum of Science and Industry

The following quotation comes from the quarterly Journal of Drown Radio Therapy:

Drown presentation

“On December 10 at a luncheon in the Rainbow Room atop the RCA Building, the Certificate of Merit was awarded to Dr. Ruth B. Drown by the New York Museum of Science and Industry, a part of the Rockfeller Foundation. The Award was made for her Haemorrhage Control and Diagnostic instruments, and read as follows:

This is to certify that Ruth B. Drown The Drown Laboratories Has been awarded the Certificate of Merit For the Year 1946 For her efforts in stimulating interest in the human body and the correction of its ills.

                                                          R. P. Shaw, Director

The award crowns 29 years of research and 18 years of practical use.”


George Lakhovsky

Engineer/Physicist. Born Russia. Naturalised French. Awarded the Red Ribbon of the Legion of Honour for his technical services during the war.

The Secret of Life Rays and Radiations of Living Beings

Translated from the French- Cosmic h by Mark Clement Preface by Professor D’Arsonval

“What are you thinking about, Faraday? If I were to tell you, my dear Deville, you might think I was suffering from hallucinations.

“Such is the legend.

“More confiding than Faraday, Lakhovsky has told me the gist of his ideas on radiations and their effects on living beings. He thought, and rightly, that his ideas could not shock an experimenter who, for the past thirty-five years, had studied the effects of the full range of Hertzian waves on animals and microbes.

“In scientific research it is advisable to encourage what appears to be the most daring ideas. I have lived in the intimacy of two great men: Claude Bernard and Brown-Sequard, who revelled in new ideas. It did not pay them too badly!

“The phenomenon of resonance have long been familiar to physiologists. We all know the acoustic resonators of the organ of Corti, the optic resonators of the retina since the famous researches of Helmholtz. And still more familiar to us, the biological resonators of Charles Henry Lapicque, Latzareff and myself have invoked on several occasions the phenomena of cellular resonance in order to explain the action of nervous influences or other physical agents in living beings.

“That space is full of forces which are unknown to us, and that living beings emit radiations or effluvia of which we are not aware, but whose significance has attracted the attention of certain observers, are facts that I have long since accepted. Anything is possible. But one must not accept anything except that which can be experimentally proved. The ideas of an insane person differ from the conceptions of a genius mainly because experiment invalidates the former and confirms the latter.

“Lakhovsky, encouraged by his own researches and the practical results he has obtained, is particularly anxious that his theories should rouse interest and stimulate experimental work among independent investigators. Lakhovsky theories constitute what Claude Bernard called ‘working hypotheses’.

“In ‘The Secret of Life’ Lakhovsky confines himself to the study of electromagnetic waves, deeply penetrating waves and unknown waves.

“There are certainly many more processes of energy transmission besides those revealed to us by Newton and Fresnel. It is in the study of human beings that the chances of discovering such processes are most promising. Therefore, let us experiment by using the methods of physicists and chemists, and let us aim at discovering the special detector mentioned in the conclusion of this work.”


Now follow two extracts from Lakhovsky’s Introduction.

“Every progress in the evolution of knowledge shows a new point of view and enables us to explore further the whole field of different sciences, to know their various states of advancement, to observe their mutual relations and the assistance they can render one another …

“Up till now this original conception of radiation, which seems to be the basis of all positive knowledge, has been confined to the realm of physical sciences and, apart from an incursion into industry, it has not made any important contribution to the natural sciences whose development appears to be limited to that of organic chemistry …

“What then is this universal radiation in living beings? My theory expounds in simple terms its fundamental principles and discloses its nature. In deriving support from the most recent discoveries in the domain of radiations, my theory demonstrates, with the aid of elementary analogies, that the cell, essential organic unit in all living beings, is nothing but an electromagnetic resonator, capable of emitting and absorbing radiations of very high frequency.” Translator’s Introduction

… “The English version is also the only one containing the remarkable photographs of cases treated by means of Lakhovsky’s famous apparatus, the Multiple Wave Oscillator.”

“The theories of Lakhovsky bear a striking similarity to those of Dr. George Crile, the eminent American surgeon, whose great work on surgical shock has earned him an international reputation.

“In his admirable book entitled The Phenomena of Life, Dr. Crile points out that electrical energy plays a fundamental part in the organisation, growth and function of protoplasm. Lakhovsky and Crile, pursuing their investigations independently, have come to the identical conclusions.

“While the engineer physicist was experimenting with his oscillating circuits, the surgeon was testing in the clinic the principles of radio-electricity.

“The foundations of Lakhovsky’s theories rest on the principle that life is created by radiation and maintained by radiation. Crile states that man is a radio-electrical mechanism and stresses the significant fact that when life ends, radiation ends. He writes, ‘It is clear that radiation produces the electric current which operates adap-tively the organism as a whole, producing memory, reason, imagination, emotion, the special senses, secretions, muscular action, the response to infection, normal growth and the growth of benign tumours and cancers, all of which are governed adaptively by the electric charges that are generated by the short wave of ionising radiations in protoplasm.’

“Like Lakhovsky, Crile holds that living cells are electric cells functioning as a system of generators, inductance lines and insulators, and that the role played by radiation and electricity in living processes is no more mysterious in man than in batteries and dynamos.” I therefore follow Lakhovsky’s work by that of Dr. George Crile.