The ‘ Medical Annual,’ a scientific record of the medical progress of the year, devotes a good deal of space to those diseases of women which are generally believed to originate from tight lacing. “Daring the last few years,” says .the ‘Annual,’ “several affections which are found in women with much greater frequency than in men have been claimed by independent writers in different parts of the world as the result of compression. . . , The most important are anremia, ulcer cf the stomach, gall stones, movable kidney.” This is a formidable array, and it must be noted that it is not a catalogue of all the diseases said to be produced by tight lacing, but only a list of a few which have been recently added to a very much longer series. “Anremia” ilself in its “ pernicious ” form is, as a rule, rapidly and hopelessly fatal. But even when it is not “ pernicious ” it is the prolific parent of diseases, some of which are fatal, whilst almost all arc extremely disabling and distressing. “Ulcerof the stomach” has an alarming sound even to the lay ear, but the sound is not nearly so alarming as the reality. When a doctor is convinced that he has met with a case of undoubted nicer of the stomach, be anticipates weeks or months of misery for the patient and of harassing care for himself. He knows that recovery is possible; but he knows also that in many instances the chances are largely in favor of death. Treatment in many cases is quite powerless. One day the patient may be walking about, filling the air with complaint of her troubles ; the next she may bo dead, with a small perforation in the wall of the stomach as a result of the ulcerative process. “Gall-stones” it Is unnecessary to dwell upon. The pain and' danger of these are known almost universally. “Movable kidney,” though less immediately painful and dangerous, is a condition which no woman who wishes to be well should for a moment run the risk of becoming acquainted with. This is the barest summary of facts, which might be so set forth as to appear truly appalling. Will any woman reader be frightened into reason ? The answer, unhappily, is not even doubtful. She will not. But in case such a phenomenon should occur, the following suggestions of the ‘Annual’ arc worthy of her consideration The one thing that is most objectionable is the formation of an artificial waist. , . . To simply order the removal of stays will be found altogether insufficient .... for stays are undoubtedly a protection against the tight ligature of skirts which accompanies their use. The only satisfactory way is to abolish both. . . . Every article of clothing, whether of upper or under garments, is to be made in combination, or without division at the waist. The weight of each garment is then borne mainly by.the shoulders and bust, and no constriction of the waist is necessary.” It is useless to appeal to the wearers of ladies’ clothing, the case must be carried to the makers. Will Worth do anything? If he will not, will those educated and titled ladies who arc said to have devoted their talents to the art of dressing their sisters come to the rescue ? There is a splendid field for enterprise and originality of mind.
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"Tight"-lace Diseases., Evening Star, Issue 7982, 10 August 1889, Supplement
"Tight"-lace Diseases. Evening Star, Issue 7982, 10 August 1889, Supplement
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