Interior appearance of a cadaver showing constriction and displacement due to corsets
The author notes the particular problems with kidney function when the abdomen is constricted like this - while all of the visceral organs have some degree of flexibility when it comes to where they’re pushed around, the ureters (the tubes that take urine from the kidneys to the bladder) are especially prone to constriction blockage, and subsequent kidney and bladder stones.
Medical Gynecology. Howard A. Kelly, 1913.

Interior appearance of a cadaver showing constriction and displacement due to corsets

The author notes the particular problems with kidney function when the abdomen is constricted like this - while all of the visceral organs have some degree of flexibility when it comes to where they’re pushed around, the ureters (the tubes that take urine from the kidneys to the bladder) are especially prone to constriction blockage, and subsequent kidney and bladder stones.

Medical Gynecology. Howard A. Kelly, 1913.

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