This section is from the book "Smith's Family Physician", by William Henry Smith. See also: Natural Physician's Healing Therapies: Proven Remedies that Medical Doctors Don't Know.
This disease comes on with melancholy, lascivious casting about of the eyes, and frequent sighing; and, as it increases, the face becomes red and flushed, and the woman makes use of libidinous gestures and speeches, and shows an immoderate desire for coition.
It frequently arises either from inflammation of the pudenda, or from an acrimony in the fluids of the parts. In most instances it ought, says Dr. Thomas, to be considered as a high degree of hysteria.
When the disease is the consequence of local inflammation, a few leeches may be applied, followed by cooling lotions. A brisk purgative should be given; and the patient may take the Fever Mixture, No. 9; and fifteen grains of Bromide of Potash at bedtime. This mode of treatment may be continued as long as necessary; and the patient's diet must be light and unstimulating. In some cases it has been necessary to amputate the clitoris, which has been followed by a complete cure. But all other means should be tried before resorting to so serious a remedy.