A Case of HysteriaMain MenuThe Altogether Shocking History of Women’s Mental HealthThe Anatomy of InsanityThe Wandering WombTheater Of The HystericsFather Freud Knows BestThis Place Will Make You CrazyThe Water CureThis Lobotomy Won't Hurt A BitShe Must Be MadShock The Pain AwayJust A Touch Of ElectricityA Home For Inebriates And The InsaneThe Inmates Aren't Running The AsylumStories From The SanatoriumAgnes RichardsThe Ladies of RockhavenBaby BluesMaybe She's Born With ItStay Subservient!The Cost of Going Crazy in CaliforniaTill Commitment Do We PartAdditional Artifacts from Patton State Hospital, ca. 1930-1950Anne-Marie Maxwell
1media/Header Image - Hysterical Paroxysm.jpg2020-03-27T15:00:51-07:00Anne-Marie Maxwell326ac6eff123bb3f77fb517c66299be8b435b4793698012image_header9782632020-05-07T09:31:33-07:00Anne-Marie Maxwell326ac6eff123bb3f77fb517c66299be8b435b479From ancient times to the mid-twentieth century, male medical practitioners routinely misdiagnosed women as suffering from the catchall ailment of hysteria—the treatment for which could involve manually massaging the genitalia of female patients to the point of “hysterical paroxysm.” As the work was fatiguing and slow, a variety of mechanical instruments were invented in the late nineteenth century to assist doctors in their work. These precursors to modern-day vibrators included saddles that mimicked the riding of a horse, electric belts, and the portable devices seen here, such as the Niagara No. 1 Massager and 1940s-era Vibra Finger Gum Massager, manufactured in Los Angeles by Atlas Industries. Widespread, yet discreet advertising in needlework, household, and agricultural magazines, as well as door-to-door sales, led consumers to adopt these appliances quickly.
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12020-04-16T14:49:31-07:00Anne-Marie Maxwell326ac6eff123bb3f77fb517c66299be8b435b479Niagara No. 1 Massager, ca. 19541gallery2020-04-16T14:49:31-07:00Anne-Marie Maxwell326ac6eff123bb3f77fb517c66299be8b435b479