Celestial Bed · Read more · The Celestial Bed. Read more · The Celestial Railroad · Read more The Wrong Bed Your Bed or Mine. Read more. In his most powerful and provocative novel to date, master storyteller Irving Wallace turns his incomparable talents to the world of sex therapy. Erotically charged. Irving Wallace was born in Chicago, Illinois, raised in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and educated in Berkeley, California. Wallace's 16 novels and 17 non-fiction works have sold tens of millions of copies around the world. His bestselling Cold War novel The Prize was made into a film.
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Graham drew on both Enlightenment and religious both occult and more orthodox traditions: he advertises his fictitious medical qualifications,  his membership of the society of Freemasons 42 and his inclination towards the Quakers 51 ; the painted windows of the Temple of Health locate his practice in a tradition that passes from Hippocrates and Galen to Boerhaave and Sydenham 42 , yet their iconography alludes to Paracelsus and the Rosicrucians 34 , the 'goddess of the pure elementary fire of the philosophers', the 'anima mundi' 43 , the Trinity, and the crucifixion.
To make matters still more complicated, Graham mediates between religious and Enlightenment medical-scientific traditions by drawing on aesthetics, in particular the religious sublime exemplified by Edward Young's Night Thoughts.
As Fara argues, 'although denounced as a quack, many of Graham's treatments were the same as those being endorsed by the medical establishment in Paris'. Graham's roles as therapist, showman, and quack may at first seem to place him at some distance from these cultural fields; yet Graham had ambitions that exceeded any narrow definition of the doctor's or the quack's role. Indeed, as I shall argue, by opening a space of theatrical illusion, and then troping that space as an indirect presentation of 'the materia prima, or the universal vital principle of all things!
Seen in this wider context, Graham is a precursor of Romanticism, a link which in turn brings into focus some of the antecedents of that cultural movement in commerce, religion and medicine. Also of interest is the striking, and, for early twenty-first century audiences, counter-intuitive relation in Graham's medical therapies between ecstatic sexual experience, the religious desire for transcendence, and the modern individual.
Rather than being anomalous, these relations exemplify an important strand of the eighteenth century's emerging consumer culture. The most straightforward path to some of these broader issues is provided by Graham's own account of the Temple of Health, published in as A Sketch: or, Short Description of Dr. Graham's Medical Apparatus. My discussion will take as one of its guiding threads the role played by the sublime in Graham's therapies and in his discourse about them. Graham's home and the Temple it houses stand at 'the centre of that noble pile of buildings, called the Royal Terrace, Adelpi'.
The buildings are 'elevated, extensive and superb', 'raised at least a hundred feet from the surface of the river' and decorated with 'the most substantial battlements'. This sublime edifice stands midway between 'two of the largest and most beautiful bridges in the world'—Blackfriars and Westminster To the left, St.
Paul's most magnificent, yet most solemn Cathedral. Burke writes that 'Succession and uniformity of parts', as seen for example in 'the isles in many of our own old cathedrals', stamps 'on bounded objects the character of infinity'.
As visitors enter the Temple, they find its rooms cluttered with ornaments, decorations, paintings and scientific equipment. In Room No. IV there are 'three Aegytian Sphynxes', 'a five gallon brilliant cut decanter, with a curious glass cock for emitting water'; 'India fumigators for oriental essences'; a print of Queen Charlotte, the Prince of Wales, and the Princess Royal; 'an original painting by. Van Dyck'; 'instruments for restoring animation to persons apparently dead', 'Electrical jars and vases', 'a hundred little gilt frames exhibiting every disease of the human eye', 'a perfectly exact artificial eye', and so on 19, 23, 25, This profusion establishes an aesthetic space at one remove from the 'real' world, in which objects, divided from their previous contexts and meanings, can be redeployed as signifiers of both Graham's knowledge and the 'elementary fire' he deploys.
During their passage through this space, visitors experience at least in Graham's account not one but a series of sublimes, arranged so that each sublime is displaced by a still more remarkable one. On arriving at Room No. I, the spectator first catches sight of a superb electrical jar.
The curious figures and ornaments of tin, copper, silver, and gold—the sweet lustre of the colours—snowy white,—rose colour,—crimson, yellow and purple;—and the divine brilliancy of the electric or celestial fire—in glorious assemblage united, strike with surprise, astonishment and delight, the eye and the heart, of every beholder.
Lying 'horizontally and lengthwise along the room' is a 'stupendous metallic conductor' that, Graham assures us, 'is no less than eleven feet long, and four feet in circumference; and is so far elevated from the floor, that a man of six feet four inches high could walk erect under the lowest part of it' 6.
At one end of the room is an enormous electrical cylinder connected to the prime conductor by the body of a fiery dragon, no less than six feet in length, double gilt, and of most exquisite workmanship.
It's wings are expanded, its eyes blaze with electrical fire, it appears flying through the luminous atmosphere, towards the cylinder, and with its forked crimson coloured tongue it receives the lambent elementary fire. The patient sits on this throne, while Graham directs and moderates the electricity accumulated in the apparatus.
In the unfolding sequence of sublime spectacles, this apparatus is itself surpassed by The Great Apollo Apartment, No.
IV, which houses the Temple itself. As Graham expatiates: words can convey no adequate idea of the astonishment and awful sublimity which seizes the mind of every spectator. The first object which striking the eye astonishes,—expands—and ennobles the soul of the beholder, is a magnificent Temple, sacred to health, and dedicated to Apollo.
Electricity is generated by 'two cylinders of brilliant glass, and of prodigious size'.
It is passed to the 'dome of the temple, by means of an astonishing fiery dragon', which Graham describes as 'a male, and fellow to the female in the great room below' I, electricity moves along a primarily horizontal axis. In the Temple, the primary movement is downwards: 'a large regular group of massive brass rods pierce the dome in the form of an inverted cone, which end in a ball from which depends a magnetic crown'.
Sometimes the crown is removed and tubes are attached from which drop, or rain, or run by the force of air, electricity, or magnetism, or by the united power of the three, aetherial essences, nourishing dews, vivifying attractive or repellent effluvia and influences—while from innumerable points flows a glory, or seeming beatification, from the celestial or elementary fire upon the patient.
So great a stream of electrical fire flows to the pavilion 'that the patient, when the Apollo chamber is darkened, appears enthroned and environed with a visible species of celestial glory!
On the one hand, the agents bind us to each other and to the world; on the other hand, they link us to the divine. The apparatus in Room No. I focuses on the former: electricity rushes in a 'torrent of fire' along a horizontal axis that passes through the dragon, along the prime conductor, until it emerges in 'prodigious torrents' to be harnessed and directed by Graham.
In the Great Apollo Apartment, the second aspect of the life-force is prominent. The temple is a receptacle for the prima materia that flows into the temple from 'great reservoirs' in the dome.
The 'stupendous' prime conductor, as satirists were quick to point out, is a phallic form,  while the Temple and Pavilion in the Apollo Apartment are 'feminine' forms, receptacles designed to hold the life-force.
In the Pavilion, the patient plays the role of foetus, lodged within a womb-like space filled with celestial fluid. On the throne, this same fluid is deployed to 'connect' and 'animate' individuals, thus vivifying social as well as individual health. These contrasting aspects of the same power, and the contrasting apparatuses that are their respective vehicles, support different therapies.
I, the life-force has been concentrated and intensified by its passage along a narrow material body. It can therefore be used to apply powerful 'electrical and magnetic shocks' that, sending a flood of electricity through the body, sweep away obstacles that divide the patient from life. Like the medicines lying on a shelf above the prime conductor, the patients' bodies are 'impregnated, exalted, and arbitrarily acted upon' by this force 6.
In contrast, in the Apollo Apartment health is achieved by more gentle therapies that, by filling the body with electricity, promote growth and invigorate the 'vital principle'. In this room, health is isomorphic with 'fruitfulness', illustrated by the 'curious, rare, and valuable plants, flowers, and fruits' 15 that adorn the dome of the Temple and by the portrait of 'a matron' who with one hand caresses 'two children' and 'with the other holds a cornucopia with fruits and flowers' Although Room No.
I emphasises the material and Room No. IV the spiritual aspects of the life force, in both rooms there is a complicated relation between spiritual and material, male and female, active and passive powers.
In the first Room, which focuses on the action of electricity within the material body. Electricity passes from female to male forms, from the globe and female dragon to the phallic prime conductor, where it is stored and condensed. According to Galen, 'All people were. The vagina and possibly the uterus and womb were thought to be an inverted penis and scrotum. It was only the greater heat of the male body which drove these internal organs outwards to form the penis, scrotum and testicles.
I, the movement from female to male forms registers the greater accumulation of 'life essence' in the latter. The architecture of the fourth Room implies the spiritual origin of electricity. The relation between God and his creation is commonly presented as a relation between active and passive powers. The Swedenborgian Robert Hindmarsh writes, for example, that: The distinguishing characteristic of a male is activity; while that of a female is re-activity: Thus God, as an active Creator, is properly male; and the whole creation, as a re-active subject, is properly female.
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IV, the relation between male and female powers is therefore reversed. Two phallic cylinders are now the source of the vital fluid that passes through a male dragon to fill the feminine vaginal, womb-like spaces of the Temple and Pavilion. There are two acts of sexual congress implied by this architecture. Room No. IV is quite literally the 'Great Apollo Apartment', the feminine space which from time to time houses the great Apollo himself and stores the vital 'stuff' that emanates from him.
At the same time, the Temple is the female complement to the masculine prime conductor in Room No. The rooms therefore imply a curious sexual conjunction: a female body provides the locale within which material and spiritual masculine-powers cohabit. The inseminations performed or implied by these parallel masculine principles operate in tandem with each other, together tracing a supposed natural cycle defined in relation to the passive female body: Apollo plants the seed that brings the material world to life.
This means, however, that the vital principle is enclosed within a material body. If life is to remain healthy, the material world must remain open to its spiritual source. This is why the operation of the prime conductor is salutary and medicinal.
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By removing blockages it opens the female space to celestial influence. This partnership between spiritual and material, male and female powers, remains a staple of Graham's 'philosophy' throughout his career. In A Sketch he refers to 'the sun and moon' as 'the greater and lesser—the male and female lights, whose mingling rays and influences produce that pure, invisible, vivifying—universal principle, which animates and nourishes every thing in the world' In A Short Treatise on the All-cleansing.
Qualities of the Simple Earth, he represents: our World or System, as a Creature of an ambiguous nature, and as partaking of both Sexes. The higher part of our system, namely, the celestial, being active and masculine; the lower, or more gross elementary part,—of the passive and feminine nature.
It implies that the vital principle animating this world and streaming from the eternal world is a sexual power. In his A Lecture on the Generation, Increase, and Improvement of the Human Species, Graham claims he is 'clearly and decidedly of opinion that even the venereal act itself. Then follows the discharging, or passage of that balmy, luminous, active principle, from the plus male to the minus female.
These are all mere, plain, demonstrable electrical processes. Here we have the negative and the positive fire,—and the active and the passive principles,—the plus and the minus state. In short, there is a perfect analogy in every respect.
These parallels identify semen as: The. The Bed was '12ft. Above it, a 'super-celestial dome' served as a 'grand reservoir of those reviving invigorating influences which are exhaled by. The Celestial Bed is a novel by Irving Wallace , revolving around scientific issues of sex. It is based on some of the sex therapy techniques developed after Masters and Johnson , who created the term " sex surrogates ".
It was first published in by Delacorte Press. One of the theories the book addresses is that certain individuals are ill-adjusted to normal sex, and that this can have grave consequences. The book states that these issues can be solved, but only with the help of sex surrogates.
The patients must be taught practical sexual techniques by real people. The book also discusses whether sex technicians — the people who provide the hands on learning — are prostitutes. The plot is structured according to the hero's journey technique.
The name of the book comes from a famous quack cure for impotence and sterility advocated by the "doctor" James Graham. Hunter, hoping for a job at the Chronicle, leads him to editor Otto Ferguson, the Rev. Chet is given money to go to the clinic for treatment of his condition: premature ejaculation.
In the course of events, he begins to see Gayle as someone who only wants to help people like himself and Adam Benski, another patient.
He finds himself in the middle as Dr. Freeberg and Gayle are charged with prostitution and pandering. Their patients have also developed feelings for them. Paul's patient, Nan Whitcomb, is physically unable to have sex due to brutal experience with ex-boyfriend Tony Zecca. Leaving Tony, Nan is followed by him to the clinic and attempts to murder Dr. Adam Benski and Nan Whitcomb develop feelings for each other.
Chet of course finds himself unable to go through with his plans.
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He even brings the DA around but the Reverend is unhappy, who sets to destroy Gayle by pitching poison at her face during a dinner given in Dr. Freeberg's honor. The attempt is thwarted by the Reverend's secretary, Darlene, when she tips his hand and its falls on his face.Jeff Abbott. Sex therapist setting up a practice in Southern California, and how the lives of two of his sex surrogates and patients intertwine.
In this imagined world, 'all religious persecution shall cease' and 'universal light and universal toleration' will prevail, 'pervading men and women of every rank and of every nation' Graham offers himself and his Goddess of Health as prime examples of this metamorphosis.
Too Lucky to Live. Two phallic cylinders are now the source of the vital fluid that passes through a male dragon to fill the feminine vaginal, womb-like spaces of the Temple and Pavilion.
Irving Wallace. The Miniaturist. Freeberg expected to be able to practice in peace, he encounters powerful adversaries--an ambitious district attorney, a power-hungry evangelist, a duplicitous newspaper reporter, and the violently jealous psychotic boyfriend of one of his most needy patients--who would tear down his life's work, humiliate his patients, and put him and his staff on trial for pandering and prostitution.