Technology of Orgasm Hysteria, the Vibrator, and Women's Sexual Satisfaction

ISBN-10: 0801866464

ISBN-13: 9780801866463

Edition: 1999

Authors: 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 The Technology of Orgasm, Rachel Maines offers readers a stimulating, 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.
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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 3/1/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

Preface
Acknowledgments
The Job Nobody Wanted
The Androcentric Model of Sexuality
Hysteria as a Disease Paradigm
The Evolution of the Technology
Female Sexuality As Hysterical Pathology
Hysteria in Antiquity and the Middle Ages Hysteria in Renaissance Medicine
The Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries
The Freudian Revolution and Its Aftermath
""My God, What Does She Want?""
Physicians and the Female Orgasm
Masturbation ""Frigidity"" and Anorgasmia Fema
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