The Technology of Orgasm: "Hysteria," the Vibrator, and Women's Sexual Satisfaction (Johns Hopkins Studies in the History of Technology)

The Technology of Orgasm: "Hysteria," the Vibrator, and Women's Sexual Satisfaction (Johns Hopkins Studies in the History of Technology)

Rachel P. Maines


From the time of Hippocrates till the Twenties, massaging lady sufferers to orgasm was once a staple of clinical perform between Western physicians within the therapy of "hysteria," an sickness as soon as thought of either universal and persistent in girls. medical professionals loathed this time-consuming approach and for hundreds of years depended on midwives. Later, they substituted the potency of mechanical units, together with the electrical vibrator, invented within the Eighties. In The expertise of Orgasm, Rachel Maines deals readers a stimulating, magnificent, and sometimes funny account of tension and its therapy in the course of the a while, targeting the advance, use, and fall into disrepute of the vibrator as a valid clinical device.

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