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November 7, 1908


Author Affiliations

Consulting Surgeon, Jamaica Hospital, and Eastern Long Island Hospital; Surgeon Baptist Deaconess' Home and Training School. NEW YORK.

JAMA. 1908;LI(19):1568-1571. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.25410190006001b

In responding to the request to give heretofore unpublished details of my corset for visceral ptoses, I must ask your indulgence, if, while endeavoring to crowd the results of 15 years' work into as many minutes, much is omitted and reference made to prior publications on this subject.1 The statements relative to my own work are based on a careful review of 7,266 histories which I have been able to gather from the following sources:

Visceral ptoses are met with in both sexes, at nearly all ages, and under all conditions of civilized and uncivilized life, especially in young nulliparæ, and women who have borne children. In a large proportion the lower part of the face presents a deeply furrowed, drawn appearance, making the woman appear much older than she is.2 The attitude is that of one lacking in muscular force and vigor, shoulders stooping, and a doubled-up

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