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Table of vibrators Until the 1920s, female patients thought to be hysteric were treated by having their genitals massaged until the patient had a "spasm". Obviously, this was actually an orgasm. Doctors welcomed the introduction of mechanical devices to achieve the same effect, because they made it much easier and less fatiguing for their hands. (!) Early Sears-Roebuck catalogues contained a page of vibrator devices that could be ordered.