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Wednesday, February 14, 2001 A Publication of the Newspeak Association Volume No. 66, Issue 5

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Doctor inadvertently invents orgasm machine

by Alex Knapp
Tech News Staff

While assisting a patient with chronic back pain, Dr. Stuart Meloy, an anesthesiologist, used an electronic device that is supposed to alter the pain into a different sensation.

And what a sensation. After turning on the device, his patient screamed-with pleasure. "Can you teach my husband to do that?" she joked.

The device in question is a spinal cord stimulator made by the company Medtronic. It works by altering the electric signals in the spinal cord that lead to pain. In most patients, this sensation is changed to a "buzzing" feel. However, while testing the device with one patient, Dr. Meloy changed the sensation to that of an orgasm.

He has since patented the process and is trying to talk Medtronic into testing and marketing the device for treating sexual dysfunction that leads to lack of orgasm. Thus far, the company has declined to do so.

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