Icons of Sexual History – John Harvey Kellogg (1852-1943)

John Harvey Kellogg, the man who invented cornflakes, was actually a medical doctor. He ran the very popular Battle Creek Sanitarium, a sort of a health and diet resort. although much of his practice was based on his religious principals. He was a member of the Seven Day Adventists, a denomination which professes vegetarianism, exercise and abstinence from tobacco and alcohol. After one of his books, The... read more

Sexuality from the 80′s to Right Now

1980 Dr Ruth (Westheimer) became a public figure when she went on air as a New York talk show host at age 52 with her radio show Sexually Speaking. The grandmotherly sex therapist became so popular that her show was soon being broadcast across the United States. In 1984 she was given her own TV show “The Dr Ruth Show” which was to run internationally for 450 episodes, until 1988. 1980 The... read more

Sexuality in the 60′s and 70′s

1960 The first modern Pill became available, when “Enovid” was approved by the FDA as an “ovulation-inhibiting agent”. It had severe side effects, since the dosage of estrogen was 3-5 times higher than it is today. This development shocked the conservative and religious establishment. Some believe it may have been a major contributor to the sexual revolution that began around the... read more

Sexuality in the Early 20th Century

1910 Paul Ehrlich discovered Salvarsan, the first effective treatment for Syphilis, based on arsenic. Up until this point the treatment of choice was mercury, which effectively poisoned the patient, being completely toxic. It became the therapy of choice until penicillin was discovered in 1940, and there was finally a cure for this fearful and fatal sexually transmitted disease. 1921 The first epidural... read more

Sexuality in the 19th Century

1802 The Society for the Suppression of Vice was formed in London. Its aims were to control the spread of immorality, and “to preserve the minds of the young from contamination by exposure to the corrupting influence of impure and licentious books, prints, and other publications”. The society continued its work of prosecuting artists and writers and assisting authorities in banning... read more

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