Rachel P. Maines: The Technology of Orgasm: “Hysteria”, the Vibrator, and Women’s Sexual Satisfaction (2001)

10 July 2011, dusan

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.

Publisher JHU Press, 2001
Johns Hopkins studies in the history of technology
ISBN 0801866464, 9780801866463
208 pages

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