Female hysteria was a once-common medical diagnosis, made exclusively in women, which is today no longer recognized by modern medical authorities as a medical disorder. Its diagnosis and treatment were routine for many hundreds of years in Western Europe. Hysteria was widely discussed in the medical literature of the 19th century. Women considered to be suffering from it exhibited a wide array of symptoms including faintness, nervousness, insomnia, fluid retention, heaviness in abdomen…

Female hysteria was a once-common medical diagnosis, made exclusively in women, which is today no longer recognized by modern medical authorities as a medical disorder. Its diagnosis and treatment were routine for many hundreds of years in Western Europe. Hysteria was widely discussed in the medical literature of the 19th century. Women considered to be suffering from it exhibited a wide array of symptoms including faintness, nervousness, insomnia, fluid retention, heaviness in abdomen…

Early 20th Century Vibrator by White Cross: In the early 20th century, vaginal stimulation with vibratory devices for the treatment of female hysteria was a common & lucrative part of many physicians’ office practices.

Early 20th Century Vibrator by White Cross: In the early 20th century, vaginal stimulation with vibratory devices for the treatment of female hysteria was a common & lucrative part of many physicians’ office practices.

"Hysteria". Awesome Film (Tanya Wexler, 2011), incredible it happened also in XX century.

"Hysteria". Awesome Film (Tanya Wexler, 2011), incredible it happened also in XX century.

Petra Collins ’24-hour psycho'

petra collins reclaims running mascara and 'female hysteria' in raw new series, ’24-hour psycho'

A little massage to help with those hysterical paroxysms. Victorian era.

Let’s Talk About Sex Attitudes, Baby

Sears Ad 1918....Doctors prescribed this to women with hysteria!  Little did the Doc know that a good spankin' at home would have did the trick!!!

Sears Ad 1918....Doctors prescribed this to women with hysteria! Little did the Doc know that a good spankin' at home would have did the trick!!!

Chronophotography set documenting female hysteria, madness, and hypnotism techniques at Salpêtrière Hospital (Dr. Jean-Martin Charcot, 1885).(via The Eye of Faith)

Chronophotography set documenting female hysteria, madness, and hypnotism techniques at Salpêtrière Hospital (Dr. Jean-Martin Charcot, 1885).(via The Eye of Faith)

Petra Collins ’24-hour psycho'

petra collins reclaims running mascara and 'female hysteria' in raw new series, ’24-hour psycho'

Vibrators: There may be some validity to the benefits of vibrating massage, but many of these devices claimed to cure everything from indigestion to deafness -- even though the designs looked like little more than hand-cranked mixers.

Vibrators: There may be some validity to the benefits of vibrating massage, but many of these devices claimed to cure everything from indigestion to deafness -- even though the designs looked like little more than hand-cranked mixers.

Female Hysteria: 7 Crazy Things People Used To Believe About The Ladies' Disease

7 Crazy Things People Used To Believe About Female Hysteria

Female Hysteria: 7 Crazy Things People Used To Believe About The Ladies' Disease

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