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October 4, 1902

THE HANDICAP OF CLOTHING.

JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(14):845. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480400039006

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Abstract

It was a distinguished English novelist who remarked that clothes were a very small matter to a man; he could get along without them if the conventionalities and climate permitted, but they are everything to a woman. This sociologic and psychologic fact apparently has its bearings on the fitness of woman to practice medicine, at least according to British experience. According to a transatlantic contemporary, the British woman who is a physician has been found to be seriously handicapped by the numerous solemn rites she has to go through before she can permit herself to appear in public, and the time thus consumed appears unduly long to those who urgently want her services. This matter has even been the subject of official attention over there, for we read of what was at least an implied censure by a coroner's jury of a board of infirmary guardians for not having a

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