The Influence of Dress in Producing the Physical Decadence of American Women: Annual Address Upon Obstetrics and Gynecology (Google eBook)

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Michigan State Medical Society, 1891 - Clothing and dress - 39 pages
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Page 47 - AN INVALID FOOD prepared by a combination of grains so treated as to retain in the preparation the Highest Degree of Nutrient Qualities, while eliminating every element of an irritating character. THOROUGHLY COOKED and PARTIALLY DIGESTED, This food preparation is admirably adapted to the use of all persons with weak digestion, defective assimilation, general or nervous debility, brain workers, feeble children...
Page 29 - ... commonly described as goneness at the pit of the stomach, weakness of the lower limbs, pain in the back, crawling, tingling, numbness, stinging, and other sensations in the legs, cold hands and feet, burning of the soles and palms. Sometimes the patient says she is only comfortable, when on her feet, when holding up the bowels with the hands. Such patients tenaciously cling to the corset, because they evidently need some support. These patients also often complain that when they undertake to...
Page 12 - The transverse colon lies at the waist line, the point of junction of the ascending and transverse colon on the right side dropping a little below the line, while the point of conjunction of the transverse with the ascending colon at the left side rises considerably above the waist line, being held in place by the pleuro-colic fold of the mesocolon. The kidneys lie just at the waist. The greater portion of the space below the waist is occupied by the intestines and the bladder.
Page 47 - ... invalids generally, as well as travelers and excursionists, who often need to carry the LARGEST AMOUNT OF NUTRIMENT IN THE SMALLEST BULK, which is afforded by Granola in a pre-eminent degree. ONE POUND MORE THAN EQUALS THREE POUNDS OF BEST BEEF, In nutrient value, as determined by chemical analysis, besides affording a better quality of nutriment.
Page 19 - I shall show you presently in the outlines which will be thrown upon the screen, the direct effect of the corset, and of any constriction of the waist, is to break down the natural curves of the back, straightening the spine, thus depressing the chest, and causing the shoulders to fall forward, and producing general collapse of the front wall of the trunk. In consequence of the weakening of the muscles which support the trunk, and especially weakness of the waist muscles, an ungraceful and unnatural...
Page 24 - ... slight drawing in of the lower abdomen at the same time. In ordinary respiration, there is simply a lifting forward of the whole front wall of the chest and abdomen, the movement extending all along the line from the upper end of the breastbone to the pubis. The so-called abdominal respiration is unnatural and unhealthful ; indeed, it has been in many cases productive of serious injury. Teachers of elocution and vocal music often instruct their pupils to breathe...
Page 23 - ... the organs of the pelvis, which are forced down out of position. The pelvic floor is more yielding than the rigid walls of the upper chest, and is depressed, thus laying the foundation for chronic displacement. A civilized woman, wearing the common dress, cannot expand her waist more than one fourth of an inch when taking a deep inspiration. Expansion must occur somewhere, and the abnormal mode of dress necessitates that it shall be at the upper and lower extremities of the trunk. The greater...
Page 23 - ... of the trunk. The greater resistance of the upper ribs, and the yielding character of the structures which form the pelvic floor, lead to a lowering of all the organs which are dependent upon the latter for support. The tracings which I shall present also show an important fact as to the influence of constriction of the waist upon breathing. These tracings were made with a pneumograph, the tracings obtained by which represent the whole of the respiratory movement. Fig. i, Plate V., represents...
Page 17 - By comparison, we see the relative frequency of visceral prolapse in the men and women examined, was 12 per cent of the men and 80 per cent of the women. In other words, visceral prolapse was found to be G times as frequent in women as in men.
Page 26 - Lye some of the finest specimens of well-developed women I ever saw anywhere women who had spent all their lives in brick-yards or before the forge, swinging the blacksmith's hammer and making the anvil ring. These women never go in out of the rain for fear they will get wet and take cold, and although working in mud and water a great share of the time, have no other protection for their feet than shoes, often full of holes and almost without soles and wholly inadequate to protect the feet from...

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