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Device to Prevent Masturbation: To curb men's urges, Victorian social moralists proposed & to a degree imposed socio-medical discourse based on male self-control. It was seriously held that sexual appetite was incompatible with mental distinction & procreation impaired artistic genius. Men were vigorously counseled to conserve vital health by avoiding fornication, masturbation & nocturnal emissions (devices were invented) & by rationing sex within marriage.
An actual antique! “Made from steel and brass, the elbow joint on this artificial arm can be moved by releasing a spring, the top joint of the wrist rotates and moves up & down, and the fingers can curl up and straighten out. The wearer may have disguised it with a glove. Among the most common causes of amputation throughout the 1800s were injuries received as a result of warfare.”
The Mütter Museum in Philadelphia Was originally opened in the 1900s for medical students to come and see in person ;extremely rare conditions, and the effects of diseases that had been cured or eradicated. It still stands today as the best place for medical students to get " hands on" experience . As well as a popular attraction for locals and tourists alike.I WILL go here on day.