Pathometric Laboratories Inc.

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Pathometric Laboratories Inc.
Formation c. 1923
Dissolution ?
Purpose/focus Radionics
Headquarters Chicago, Illinois
Main organ Pathometric Digest

Pathometric Laboratories Inc. of Chicago, Illinois was an American company, founded by J. W. Wigelsworth for the manufacture of radionic equipment, particularly the Pathoclast, a device similar to Oscilloclast of Albert Abrams, and the Pathoinductor. The company's main organ for spreading their messages on the "pathometric determination of disease" was The Pathometric Digest.

Associates and Technicians

  • Gladys Ingram
  • R. W. Utberg
  • R. L. Larsen
  • G. A. Bast
  • Ken P. Laurence
  • Roy M. Keller
  • Grace B. Edwards
  • T. Galen Hieronymus

Company Patents

  • US 1815385, Wigelsworth, Arthur E., "Humidifying System", published 1931-07-21, assigned to Pathometric Lab. Inc.  — "By my invention, I provide devices for increasing the amount of liquid in vapor form in the air in the receptacle, which are controlled as to their operation by the quantity of liquid that may be contained from time to time in articles which are to be maintained at a desired degree of liquid content by the operation of the apparatus."

Company Publications

  • Wigelsworth, J. W. (1924), Pathodyne System of Diagnosis Therapy, Chicago: Pathometric Laboratories Inc. 

Press Coverage

  • "The Miraculous Abrams Outdone", New York State Journal of Medicine (New York: Medical Society of New York) 23 (3): 125, March 1923, 

    A new journal The Pathometric Digest, has flashed across the pseudo-medical firmament heralding the birth of a new jazz cult, which depends upon the "Pathometric determination of disease," as stated by "J. W. Wigelsworth, D.N., founder and dean of the Pathometric Laboratories Inc." We are reasonably familiar with the "oscilloclast" of Abrams, as far as can be obtained from the little attention busy people can give these freak catch-penny devices.

    This "Wigelsworth, D.N.," sees Abrams and goes him one better. He says "We may differ with Dr. Abrams on a few minor points. We question the wisdom of the publicity campaign into which he has been draw. We believe that he has been guilty of extravagant claims, that he does not exercise the care in their (his 'graduates') training that he ought." Abrams leases the "oscilloclast" to divers and sundry people, Wigelsworth leases the "Pathoclast."

    Abrams diagnoses from a dry drop of blood, Wigelsworth makes an examination "from saliva or other bodily secretions." He adds, "Better still we can trap some of the patient's energy in one of our specially prepared vials which will hold it for several days or until we have leisure to make the examination." He states that he accomplishes the trapping thus: "This little device, which we call the Pathoinductor, has a vial placed in it. The fluid which you see in the bottle is one which I have discovered will absorb the disease emanation and store it for several days."

    Wigelsworth also, following Abrams, applies his "pathometer" to the head of the victim, but does not find it necessary to "demagnetize" after a "determination," he says. "The reflexes elicited by the Pathometer take place within a second or two, and are dissipated the instant the energy conductor is removed from the head of the subject."

    Explaining to "Dr. S.," Wigelsworth reports that he said: "When we charge a vial in the Pathoinductor, we can place it in the same position in the treatment chair that the patient usually takes. After giving the vial a treatment, we can demonstrate that it is not longer possible to elicit a reflex with energy drawn from it."

    "Dr. S." is quoted as saying: "Well, I'll be damned!" We cordially join "Dr. S." in this ejaculation.

    [Albert Warren Ferris, Associate Editor of NY State Journal of Medicine]