By Hand...

.... I live a quiet, simple little life, you know... filled with contemplative reading and meditation... smiling meekly at the passing whimsies of life... and today's passing whimsy, well, it comes from The Philadelphia Inquirer... check it out..

According to Cornell University researcher Rachel Maines, the first vibrator was invented in 1883 as a medical device. Doctors used it to give their patients "pelvic massages" to produce "hysterical paroxysm" as a cure for a disease they called hysteria. The device was designed to mechanize a job that doctors had been doing - believe it or not - by hand.

Maines chronicled her findings in the 1999 book The Technology of Orgasm. The real bombshell, she said, was that doctors had been giving women orgasms as a so-called medical treatment since the time of Hippocrates.

By the late 19th century, hysteria was hitting epidemic proportions, with women complaining of paralyzed limbs, sudden inability to speak, and other bizarre symptoms magically relieved by their doctor's touch.

But some doctors complained the technique was difficult to learn. According to one biographer, Sigmund Freud tried to learn it, Maines says, but never got the hang of it.

Vibrators made the job much easier, though some early ones ran on steam, she says, requiring the doctors to shovel in coal. They often had cumbersome but impressive power sources, and the business end looked like a ball or some other non-phallic shape.

Doctors charged about $2 to $3 per treatment, she says.

.... wow... Just Damn!... I'm off to go quietly contemplate life as a Victorian doctor with a line of hysterical, paralyzed, speaking-impaired hotties.... cheerfully providing a service for three bucks a pop...

by Eric on March 30, 2006 | Bullshit (10) | TrackBack (0) | Psycho Rants
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speaking-impaired hotties

Wouldn't these women be married?

At the very least able to find suitors willing to take matters into their own hands?

speaking-impaired hotties - sounds like near perfection to me...

Bullshitted by phin on March 30, 2006 08:49 AM

Check out the movie The Road To Wellville, in which this sort of Medical Care (among others of a more, er, ahhh, digestive nature) gets the treatment.

Bullshitted by Elisson on March 30, 2006 09:31 AM

You do know I come here for the education, right? Heh heh heh! Good Lord. And who woulda thunk it, a steam driven vibrator with the assistance of a man shoveling coal. Wow.

Bullshitted by Bou on March 30, 2006 11:00 AM

the hotties back then didn't take a bath but about once a month, might want to rethink those romantic notions. I suspect the doctors had a large supply of nose plugs...

Bullshitted by jamesoldguy on March 30, 2006 11:17 AM


Bullshitted by Oddybobo on March 30, 2006 02:01 PM

I just can't get the mental vision of the coal/steam driven vibrator out of my mind. Good Lord. I don't think there's enough booze in this house to erase that!!!

Bullshitted by Tammi on March 30, 2006 02:16 PM

just to many straight lines to touch on, ahh not touch on ah hell forget it

Bullshitted by GUYK on March 30, 2006 03:20 PM

Whaaaa???? Oh my. That would have made the "annual exam" sooooooo much more enjoyable. (And wierd.)

Bullshitted by Richmond on March 30, 2006 06:50 PM

Yeah, but remember, the ones who look like Fido's ass and who cultivate cheeze-like substances in their naughty bits, also would have to be serviced. All they'd need is the dreece.

Bullshitted by Jim - PRS on March 30, 2006 09:54 PM

.... that may well be true, Jim... but it would have been a great party trick.....

Bullshitted by Eric on March 30, 2006 11:41 PM