Wartenberg wheel

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A Wartenberg wheel, also called a Wartenberg pinwheel or Wartenberg neurowheel, is a medical device for neurological use. The wheel was designed to test nerve reactions (sensitivity) as it rolled systematically across the skin.[1] A Wartenberg wheel is generally made of stainless steel with a handle of approximately 18 centimetres (7 in) in length. The wheel, which has evenly spaced radiating sharp pins, rotates as it is rolled across the flesh. A disposable plastic version is available. Because of hygienic concerns, these devices are rarely used for medical purposes any more.[2]

Robert Wartenberg, namesake of the Wartenberg wheel, is sometimes incorrectly credited as its inventor.[3] According to Wartenberg himself, the device was in widespread use in Europe when he lived in Germany.[4] While he did not invent it, he found it "an indispensable part of the outfit for everyday neurologic practice," and recommended its use to his colleagues in the US.[5]

The Wartenberg wheel is also used as a BDSM or sensation sex toy, sometimes while connected to a violet wand electrical device.[6]

Clothing pattern-making can use a version of the Wartenberg wheel, called a pounce wheel, to transfer markings from paper to fabric. Pounce wheels resemble standard Wartenberg wheels in shape but have wooden or plastic handles.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Lehrner J., e.a.: Klinische Neuropsychologie: Grundlagen - Diagnostik - Rehabilitation, Springer, 2005, S. 135, ISBN 3-211-21336-8, here online
  2. ^ Kornhuber E., e.a.: Die neurologische Untersuchung, Birkhäuser, 2005, p. 16, ISBN 3-7985-1444-5, here online
  3. ^ Wartenberg, Robert (October 16, 1937). "A Pinwheel for Neurological Examination". Journal of the American Medical Association. 109 (16): 1294. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780420054022.
  4. ^ Wartenberg, Robert (October 16, 1937). "A Pinwheel for Neurological Examination". Journal of the American Medical Association. 109 (16): 1294. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780420054022.
  5. ^ Wartenberg, Robert (October 16, 1937). "A Pinwheel for Neurological Examination". Journal of the American Medical Association. 109 (16): 1294. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780420054022.
  6. ^ Matthias T. J. Grimme: Das SM-Handbuch. Charon-Verlag 2002, ISBN 3-931406-01-6

Further reading[edit]

  • Phillip Miller, Molly Devon, William A. Granzig: Screw the Roses, Send Me the Thorns: The Romance and Sexual Sorcery of Sadomasochism. Mystic Rose Books 1995, ISBN 0-9645960-0-8