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CORSETS AND BACKACHE

FRANK R. OBER, M.D.
JAMA. 1941;116(17):1909. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.62820170009010.
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This article is intended to bring up to date one published thirty years ago by Reynolds and Lovett1 entitled "An Experimental Study of Certain Phases of Chronic Backache." The observations made on corsets by those men at that time were so fundamental that it would seem appropriate to present them again in a reedited form. The authors spent a long time in the experimental study of physics of statics, and of balance and fatigue as related to statics.

Numerous living models were employed and all sorts of corsets were used, and the following conclusion with respect to corsets was arrived at: "In their effects on the anteroposterior position of the body, corsets may be divided into three classes—neutral, bad and good corsets."

It is probably safe to say that all women wore corsets thirty years ago, but today the number is much less. As a matter of fact, it

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