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Did you know that female hysteria was a once-common medical diagnosis?

Hysteria (noun) is defined as the uncontrollable outburst of emotion or fear. At the end of the 19th century, women with the following symptoms: nervousness, insomnia, depression, muscle spasms, and sexual frustrations, were categorized as suffering from hysteria.

The long list of symptoms associated with hysteria meant that any ailment could fit the criteria. Translation: if a woman is anything other than docile, obedient and proper, she suffers hysteria.

The cure for these women was vaginal massage, or “pelvic massage.”

Women suffering from hysteria (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Women suffering from hysteria (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

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