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December 31, 1898


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JAMA. 1898;XXXI(27):1558-1560. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.92450270010001d

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When the athletic young woman of the present day first made her appearance and began to make the fad popular, physicians thought that with the changed conditions of her life would come such an improvement in her general health that most of her minor ailments would disappear of themselves. Of these I wish, for the present, to consider dysmenorrhea as the chief, and the one that appeared to present the best hope of cure. Sermons innumerable had been preached against the high-heeled shoes and the tight lacing of the generation of girls just gone by, attributing to these pernicious influences most of the ills that afflicted women, and now that no heels, and waists of nature's own proportions had become fashionable, it was reasonable to suppose that the attendant train of evils would also disappear with their causes. But it did not follow; in spite of riding, walking, tennis, bicycling,

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