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February 23, 1963

THE UNFASHIONABLE LADY FROM NEW ORLEANS

JAMA. 1963;183(8):684. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03700080092022

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Abstract

The recently published list of the ten best-dressed women contains some information of great value to physicians who support a wife or daughter. It proves that the fashionable woman is judged not so much by what she wears, or by how expensive her clothes are, but by how she wears them, and when. Elsewhere in this issue (p 693) is the report of a woman who, although she wore the right thing at the right time, wore it improperly and consequently incurred the distinctly unfashionable complication of rupture of the spleen. The reference is to the use of lap-type seat belts.

Since the introduction of the lap-type seat belt a decade ago, the American Medical Association, with the National Safety Council and the US Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, has urged its regular use by all who drive or who are passengers in automobiles. As a result, all automobiles

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