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Book Title: Doctor of Love: James Graham and His Celestial Bed|
The author of the book: Lydia Syson
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Edition: Alma Books Ltd
Date of issue: April 1st 2009
ISBN 13: 9781846880544
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The size of the: 3.62 MB
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Widely accepted as the world’s first sex therapist, Dr. James 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 18th and early 19th 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 anesthesia, 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 19th-century society. By following him from his native Edinburgh to America and back again, Doctor of Love achieves a breadth not commonly found in biography, and renders an unforgettable portrait of a truly remarkable man.
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Read information about the authorLydia Syson is a fifth-generation North Londoner who now lives south of the river with her partner and four children. After an early career as a BBC World Service Radio producer, she turned from the spoken to the written word, and developed an enduring obsession with history. Her PhD about poets, explorers and Timbuktu was followed by a biography of Britain’s first fertility guru, DOCTOR OF LOVE: JAMES GRAHAM AND HIS CELESTIAL BED, and then two YA novels for Hot Key Books set in the Spanish Civil War (A WORLD BETWEEN US) and World War Two (THAT BURNING SUMMER). LIBERTY’S FIRE, a passionate tale of the Paris Commune of 1871, is the third of her novels to be inspired, very loosely, by family history: Lydia’s anarchist great-great-grandmother moved in Communard circles in late nineteenth-century London.
From October 2015 she will be an RLF Fellow at the Courtauld Institute of Art.
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