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We are sometimes compelled to fit patients with thigh elastic stockings. Several of my patients have complained that they rolled down at the top and became unbearable. The tension produced by fastening the garters to the stockings is so great as to preclude that method of support. I devised this simple method of obviating their trouble. Four or five ordinary dress stays are sewed at varying intervals around the top of the stocking in the longitudinal diameter. It will be found that this ends the trouble. I would, however, suggest that the manufacturers weave small whalebone stays in the stocking in the same manner; this would make a more durable and attractive article.
JOHNSON CC. A SIMPLE SUPPORT FOR THIGH ELASTIC STOCKINGS. JAMA. 1911;LVI(7):507. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560070039016