I keep seeing the trailer for the movie Hysteria and I must admit, I giggle every time.  Even though I know it's true, it just seems crazy to me that people actually believed that "female hysteria" could be cured by a "hysterical paroxysm".

Taken fro Wikipedia
Female hysteria was a once-common medical diagnosis, made exclusively in women, which is today no longer recognized by modern medical authorities as a medical disorder. Its diagnosis and treatment were routine for many hundreds of years in Western Europe. Hysteria was widely discussed in the medical literature of the 19th century. Women considered to be suffering from it exhibited a wide array of symptoms including faintness, nervousness, sexual desire, insomnia, fluid retention, heaviness in abdomen, muscle spasm, shortness of breath, irritability, loss of appetite for food or sex, and "a tendency to cause trouble".[1]

Since ancient times women considered to be suffering from hysteria would sometimes undergo "pelvic massage" — manual stimulation of the genitals by the doctor until the patient experienced "hysterical paroxysm" (orgasm).[1]

If the woman was married, intercourse was prescribed to "cure" female hysteria.  Yep, the doctors thought that you could screw the crazy out!  If a woman was single, a "pelvic massage" was done by a doctor.  And the women were the crazy ones!

But we all do have to thank the misguided doctors for because of them, vibrators are now available far and wide.  We can now "cure" ourselves anytime we want.


 


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