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The Technology of Orgasm

"Hysteria," the Vibrator, and Women's Sexual Satisfaction

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The Technology of Orgasm by Rachel P. Maines
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From the time of Hippocrates until the 1920s, massaging female patients to orgasm was a staple of medical practice among Western physicians in the treatment of "hysteria", an ailment once considered both common and chronic in women. Doctors loathed this time-consuming procedure and for centuries relied on midwives. Later, they substituted the efficiency of mechanical devices, including the electric vibrator, invented in the 1880s. In this text, Rachel Maines offers readers a surprising and often humorous account of hysteria and its treatment throughout the ages, focusing on the development, use and fall into disrepute of the vibrator as a legitimate medical device.

Author Biography

Rachel P. Maines is an independent scholar and a technical processing assistant at Cornell University's Hotel School Library. She is also the author of numerous articles in scholarly and popular publications.
Release date NZ
January 31st, 2001
Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
26 Illustrations, black and white
Imprint
Johns Hopkins University Press
Interest Age
From 18 years
Pages
208
Dimensions
140x216x11
ISBN-13
9780801866463
Product ID
1822028

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