History: What men used to do to treat erectile dysfunction is kind of a downer
Long before the little blue pill, men went to all sorts of lengths to treat erectile dysfunction.
The male affliction was often blamed on moral weakness and remedied by anything from ancient aphrodisiacs to radium suppositories (which, while unlikely to improve impotence, did confer on the patient an irradiated colon and a 'healthy glow').
But perhaps the most shocking prescription was electrotherapy — the use of electricity to jump-start the genitals back into working order.
Since the mid-18th century, a fascination with bioelectricity meant