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December 1932


Author Affiliations

Instructor in Dermatology at the New York Post-Graduate Medical School of Columbia University and Attending Dermatologist at the French Hospital, Outpatient Department NEW YORK

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1932;26(6):1022-1031. doi:10.1001/archderm.1932.01450031024008

Women have been aware instinctively of the power of beauty to attract the male sex. They have offset their lack of physical strength by means of personal charms, aided by artificial means of beautification to which they ingeniously resorted. Cosmetics, a word derived from the Greek word ([unk] from [unk]) kosmetikos, from kosmein, meaning to decorate, to adorn, have been used by women from the time of the earliest records, and those who used them advantageously often became the outstanding figures of their time.

As the population increased and clans were formed, rivalry, love, vanity and ambition were all brought into play. Thus, the desire to excel played a great rôle in the evolution of feminine beautification. History proves that women have halted at no barrier in their quest for beauty, in many instances unreluctantly submitting to sacrifices and tortures. Shackles, which man by brutal force had placed

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