In the early 1920's the Tricho System used x-rays
to remove superfluous hair.
By 1925 there were over 75 installations of the Tricho machines in beauty
shops across the country including Minneapolis and Duluth. These 'studios'
used direct x-rays focused on th cheek and upper lip of the woman who wanted
to permanently remove superfluous hair. Women had an average of 20
treatments each. A single large dose or smaller doses repeated over
long periods of time could cause damage to tissues that were not noticeable
at the time but often came to light years after the administration of the
Roentgen rays. This injury often became manifest as pigmentation, wrinkling
atrophy, keratoses, ulcerations, carcinoma, and death. In 1929, the
AMA alerted its members to Tricho injuries and collected dozens of case studies
- most of the victims were young women, ages 18-30. Reports of women
injured by Tricho treatments appeared in the medical journals into the 1940's.
The Tricho was marketed as an award-winning innovation. The Grand Prize
which Tricho was 'awarded' was sold by one Max Kaiser of London who, beginning
1914, began to sell them to anyone for $400. Mr. Kaiser made arrangements
for a manufacturer's exhibit at one of the numerous "International Exhibitions"
of the times. Further, he practically guaranteed that this exhibit
would receive either a "grand prize" or "gold medal." In fact, the
manufacturer wasn't required to pay Mr. Kaiser's fee until the prize or medal
had been awarded. The Tricho's prizes were won at the Paris Exposition Generale
Commercial on October 19, 1925.
Excerpts from Tricho Literature
| All normal women desire to be beautiful, or at least
to attaint the highest degree of beauty that can be achieved by any practical
means. Impelled by this desire, great numbers of women have resorted
to futile, dangerous and injurious means of removing disfiguring superfluous
hair. It was the existence of such conditions that impelled Albert C. Geyser,
M.D., to devote his knowledge and ability to the perfecting of a practically
safe and thoroughly effective method of removing superfluous hair hair.
That he was entirely successful in this is shown by the fact that in
the course of the past six years, in New York City alone, 20,000 areas of
superfluous hair have been cleared permanently, and without a single failure.
Equal success has been achieved in thousands of cases throughout the country,
by means of this Tricho System of Treatment.
ALBERT C. GEYSER, M.D.,
Medical Director of the Tricho System,
Professor of Physiological Therapy and Chief of Clinic at
Fordham University; Lecturer and Chief of Electro and
Roentgenray Clinic at Cornell College; Lecturer and Chief
of the Electro and Radio Therapy Clinic at the New York
Everybody knows that success and happiness in life have
been denied to multitudes of otherwise lovely women through growths of
disfiguring hair, and that mental distress suffered in consequence has served
to break the health of many. It is generally known, also, that various treatments
with chemicals, wax, electricity and other methods frequently have produced
effects worse than those they were intended to correct.
Many years ago the discovery was made that the X-ray
would destroy hair roots, preventing further growth. It was found,
however, that serious injury might be cause by S-ray treatment for this purpose.
Albert C. Geyser, M.D., internationally famous X-ray expert and lecturer
on radiology in various universities, devoted himself to the perfecting of
means to make the X-Ray treatment as save and harmless as it was effective,
and in this he was brilliantly successful. The Tricho System of Treatment
is the result. This dries up the hair roots in a manner similar to that of
gradually getting bald, instead of attempting their sudden and violent
Tricho System Endorsed
by the Medical Profession
|The apparatus of
the TRICHO SYSTEM and the technic of its operation have been examined by
many leading physicians, all of whom have endorsed the method. The
attitude of the medical profession is well illustrated by the fact that Tricho
treatments have been given to the wives, daughters and sisters of
||TRICHO SYSTEM removes superfluous
||No scars or other injury to
the most delicate skin.
||No pain-no inconvenience.
Treatments are void of any sensation whatever.
||All treatments given by operators
trained under personal supervision of Albert C. Geyser, M.D.
||Treatments last but a few
||Endorsed by physicians and
||Treatments given not oftener
than every two weeks.
||Fifteen treatments sufficient
in the great majority of cases.
||Permanent removal of superfluous
The main establishment of the Tricho System of Treatment,
presided over by Dr. Geyser, is at 270 Madison avenue, New York City. There
are Tricho System establishments also in Akron, O.; Albany, N.Y.; Baltimore,
Md.; Boston, Mass.; Bridgeport, Conn.; Buffalo, N.Y.; Chicago, Ill.; Cincinnati,
O.; Columbus, O.; Denver, Col.; Des Moines, Ia.; Detroit, Mich.; Duluth,
Minn.; Evansville, Ind.; Grand Rapids, Mich.; Hartford, Conn.; Holyoke, Mass.;
Indianapolis, Ind.; Jersey City, N.J..; Kansas City, Mo.; Los Angeles,
Cal.; Milwaukee, Wisc.; Minneapolis, Minn.; Montreal, Canada; Newark, N.J.;
New Haven, Conn.; Omaha, Neb.; Paterson, N.J.; Philadelphia, Pa.; Pittsburg,
Pa.; Portland, Ore.; Poughkeepsie, N. Y.; Providence, R.I.; Rochester, N.Y.;
Sacramento, Cal.; Saginaw, Mich.; San Francisco, Cal.; Seattle, Wash.; South
Bend, Ind.; Springfield, Mass.; St. Louis, Mo.; Syracuse, N.Y.; Toledo, O.;
Tampa, Fla.; Toronto, Canada; Trenton, N.J.; Tulsa, Okla.; Washington, D.C.;
Waterbury, Conn.; Wheeling, W. Va.; Washington, D.C.; Waterbury, Conn.; Wheeling,
W. Va.; Wilmington, Del., and Worcester, Mass.
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