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Pink orthopaedic corset, London, England, 1941-1950

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The donor’s mother wore this orthopaedic corset on her doctor’s orders, six months after giving birth. She continued wearing it during the daytime for four years. Made from cloth and elastic, the corset is fastened at the front and reinforced at the back. At the bottom are four suspenders for stockings. The corset was made by F C Gould.

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Glossary: orthopaedics

The branch of medicine concerned with the preservation and restoration of the muscular and skeletal systems in the body.

Glossary: corset

A tight undergarment worn by women to shape the figure. Historically tied with lace and structured with bone.