An anatomical sketch of the clitoris. ilbusca / Getty Images IL

The ‘Devil’s Teat’: A Brief History of the Clitoris

Physicians once believed its removal helps avert hysteria, and the inventor of corn flakes suggested smearing it with acid. With 8,000 nerve ends – twice as many as the phallus – the clitoris is apparently the only human organ whose purpose is to cause pleasure

On a cold, damp November morning in the village of Warboys in Cambridgeshire, England, 10-year-old Jane Throckmorton, the daughter of the local squire, became ill and accused an elderly woman, Alice Samuel, of...

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