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September 27, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(13):774-775. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480390040005

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The German correspondent of the Medical Press and Circular in a recent issue tells of a Teutonic crusade against the corset and the trailing skirt, which he considers has, like the French anti-alcohol agitation, come to stay. It is encouraging to learn this, for it is not long since that we heard that in German society it was considered almost immodest for a woman to dispense with the corset. It seemed to be considered a sort of defensive armor against masculine arms. The corset has long been under medical condemnation, and we do not believe that the women of the present day suffer so severely from its effects as did their ancestresses, though the fashion-plate ideals are bad enough yet. It can even be considered in some special cases and in some of its modifications as having a utility, but it is hard to find how to say a

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