More about masturbation:
The Science of a New Life, by Dr. John Cowan,
1875 - in Dr. R. V. Pierce's "Spermatorrhea"
section of The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser
(63rd edition, 1895) - in The Sexual System and Its
Derangements, by Dr. E. C. Abbey (1882) - in Kelly's Gynecology,
1928 - Rachel Maines wrote a book about other doctors' masturbating their patients, male
and female, as a treatment, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries: The Technology of Orgasm: "Hysteria," the Vibrator,
and Women's Sexual Satisfaction (Johns Hopkins Press, 1999)
Plain Facts for Old and Young:
Embracing the Natural History and Hygiene of
Organic Life, by J. H. Kellogg, M. D. (1892, Burlington, Iowa, U.S.A.)
Behavior during menstruation: rest; no skating, etc.;
empty bowels and bladder regularly!
American Indian women "suffer scarcely at all from
the pains of childbirth; and without doubt one reason of [!] this is the
preservation of their sexual health by rest during the menstrual period.
. . . We may readily suppose, from the nature of some of the Mosaic laws,
that a custom somewhat similar prevailed among the ancient Hebrew women."
"It is no uncommon thing for young ladies to attend
balls, visit skating rinks, and otherwise expose themselves to influences
in every way the [!] best calculated to do them the most harm . . . . A
young lady who allows herself to get wet or chilled, just prior to or during
menstruation, runs the risk of imposing upon herself life-long injury."
"Ladies who desire a sweet breath - and what lady
does not? - should remember that retained feces is one of the most frequent
causes of foul breath."