Radiographic examination of Chinese foot binding

RW Mann Department of Anthropology, National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC 20560.

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PS Sledzik Department of Anthropology, National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC 20560.

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DW Owsley Department of Anthropology, National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC 20560.

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MR Droulette Department of Anthropology, National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC 20560.

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The authors present a radiographic case report of foot binding in a probable Chinese female. The radiographs, taken in 1948, are from an archival collection and represent severe, prolonged deformities of the left foot. Information supplied by a visiting anthropologist from Shanghai, China, adds to a knowledge and understanding of the custom of Chinese foot binding in both the past and the present.

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