More about women's health, masturbation, etc., in old American texts:
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.)
Men take improper liberties; getting a husband; old
maids better than "helpless, good-for-nothing, sickly wives"
"The first step usually taken by the woman on the
downward road, is the allowance of little liberties on the part of young
men. They may be very slight at first, perhaps only a significant pressure
of the hand, or the arm placed about the waist, or some similar impropriety.
By degrees, slight advances are made along the same line, until the grossest
breaches of immodesty are permitted. . . . Every young woman should resent
the first appearance of attentions of the sort referred to."
"The average woman looks upon the lot of a spinster
as the most wretched and undesirable possible; and yet it is unquestionably
true that the average "old maid" is vastly happier in her lot,
and more useful to the world, than a large proportion of wives. . . . We
doubt not that the world would be vastly better off if there were a much
larger number of useful old maids, and a less number of helpless, good-for-nothing,
"There are a great number of excellent men in the
world, but probably by far the great majority of husbands are not worth
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