The Corset X-Rays of Dr Ludovic O’Followell (1908)

X-Ray images of women wearing corsets from the second volume of the French doctor Ludovic O’Followell’s Le Corset (1908). Although Dr O’Followell was clearly keen to show the damaging impact of corsets on women’s health, he did not actually want the corset to be abolished, but was simply trying to encourage a less severe design. Dr O’Followell in fact continued to write a regular column for the deluxe corsetier’s magazine Les Dessous Elégance.

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x-ray of a corset

x-ray of a corset

x-ray of a corset

x-ray of a corset

x-ray of a corset

x-ray of a corset

Diagram showing the corset’s ill-effects upon the ribcage. The bold lines (B and D) show the position of ribs and corset’s line before tightening; the dotted line (A and C) shows the new path of the corset and subsequent new position of the ribs after tightening.






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  • uptanons

    These aren’t real x-rays

    • sarah howard

      Yes, they are. The x-ray was discovered in 1895.

      • uptanons

        Let me clarify – these are not x-rays of actual human bones. Look at real x-rays of these various views and you will see subtle but numerous anatomical inaccuracies. To be quite honest from a medical perspective they are not even close. But it is a pretty artistic interpretation of anatomy.

  • Evan Neumann

    never thought of x-rays as sexual, until now