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Sent: 27 October 2012 00:39 Because I'm writing my dissertation on the history of sex toys in America, I've been checking Maines' sources on hysteria and medical masturbation. Her sources don't provide evidence that medical masturbation was happening in America or the UK. Nor was the vibrator used much in medical practice at all. And if vibrators were used, they were mainly used to treat other diseases, like asthma and sciatica. When doctors discuss using the vibrator to treat hysteria, they usually talk about vibrating women's backs. Hallie Lieberman dildographer.wordpress.com