Doctor of Love

Doctor of Love : James Graham and His Celestial Bed

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Widely accepted as the world's first sex therapist, Dr Graham was devoted to the research of the effect of physical stimuli on the psyche, and more specifically on sexual activity. It was this that led him to invent his infamous Celestial Bed, a contraption akin to a torture rack, yet built with the intent to impart exquisite sexual pleasure rather than excruciating physical pain. Medicine in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries was generally more prone to inflict pain than to relieve it. Patients were bled, blistered, lanced, poked and chopped up, all with little or no anaesthesia, and it was the hurt administered by these methods which caused Graham to concern himself with the more "gentle" side of the profession.Unsurprisingly, such a concern was met with both outrage and controversy. Syson's biography is a truly emotive depiction of both the man himself and eighteenth-century society. By following him from his native Edinburgh to America and back again, "The Love Doctor" achieves a breadth not commonly found in biography, and renders an unforgettable portrait of a truly remarkable man.
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  • Paperback | 329 pages
  • 134.11 x 214.12 x 21.84mm | 489.88g
  • Surrey, United Kingdom
  • 1846882206
  • 9781846882203

About Lydia Syson

Lydia Syson is a journalist and former BBC radio producer, and has spent the past two years researching Williams' life. This is her first book.
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