Circulation: The Panty-Girdle Problem

Doctors rarely see what kind of girdles their patients wear, which explains why it took so long to find out what was wrong with two Manhattan women who went to St. Vincent's Hospital complaining that their feet and legs swelled every afternoon.

The first woman, report Dr. Charles A. Ribaudo and Dr. Anthony A. Formato in the New York State Journal of Medicine, was a secretary, only 20, who seemed to be in the best of health except for that one complaint. And on vacation, when she was active on the beach all day, the swelling never appeared. Eventually a...

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