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By Rachel P. Maines

From the time of Hippocrates until eventually the Nineteen Twenties, massaging girl sufferers to orgasm used to be a staple of scientific perform between Western physicians within the remedy of "hysteria," an disease as soon as thought of either universal and protracted in girls. medical professionals loathed this time-consuming technique and for hundreds of years trusted midwives. Later, they substituted the potency of mechanical units, together with the electrical vibrator, invented within the Eighteen Eighties. In The know-how of Orgasm, Rachel Maines deals readers a stimulating, brilliant, and sometimes funny account of tension and its therapy in the course of the a while, targeting the advance, use, and fall into disrepute of the vibrator as a valid scientific equipment.

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Saints venerated at two sites in particular, one an extramural chapel, the other a hospital, were the foci of especially active healing cults that seem to have become locally and regionally interlinked. The canons of Saint-Aignan could not afford to let an increasing number of peripheral altars and shrines escape their control. Potentially lucrative dependencies flourished in tension with the collegiate church. Their patron saints could be found incorporated into the paintings extant in two of the crypt’s three radiating apsidioles, correspondingly subsidiary spaces, that is.

To the south and east, a mix of wood- and pastureland (bocage) covers the hills of that part of the Berry called the Boischaut. 6 Its urban development was shaped by the double role its strategic location conferred. Carved out of the valley by the sinuous course of the river, the promontory lent itself to fortification. 7 But what began as a military outpost also provided a connecting link between vital arteries of the surrounding agrarian world. Saint-Aignan-surCher was both buffer and bridge, critical position in a chain of defense and point of passage along a well-traveled corridor.

Was discovered to be equipped with two tiny round-arched openings (fig. 12 The pair of little windows (fenestellae) could have had only one possible function—to allow the perception from the upper church of relics deposited in the crypt below. 13 The reference in the Gesta to a church of Saint John, burial place of the first lord of Saint-Aignan, is therefore perplexing. Does the place-name SaintAignan pertain to the oppidum, or castrum as it is called in eleventh-century charters, but the dedication Saint John to its church?

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