Ради красоты китаянкам приходилось идти на серьезные жертвы: с начала X до начала XX века в стране был популярен культ изящной ножки. Верхом изящества считалась стопа длиной 10 см, изогнутая в форме полумесяца и напоминающая лотос
"There are a thousand buckets of tears for one who binds her feet." An incredibly painful process that women had to undergo in order for the delicate ‘golden lotus’ foot to be attained. It generally began before the arch of the foot had developed properly, between the ages of two and five. After the feet were soaked in a warm, softening mixture of herbs and animal blood, they were next massaged while the cotton bandages were prepared, the toes were curled under the foot and painfully broken.
With the 1908 volume of his treatise Le Corset, Dr. Ludovic O’Followell hoped to make clear the detrimental effects the then-current corset designs had on women's health. To that end, he took X-ray images of women in their binding underthings.
Sideshow performer, The Serpent Lady, Serpentina Born in 1908, with no bones in her body besides her skull and a few in her arms, she was hailed as the eighth wonder of the world and and exhibited at Coney Island.
Six fingers (polydactyly), X-ray | "Polydactyly can occur by itself, or more commonly, as one feature of a syndrome of congenital anomalies. When it occurs by itself, it is associated with autosomal dominant mutations in single genes, i.e. it is not a multifactorial trait. But mutation in a variety of genes can give rise to polydactyly. Typically the mutated gene is involved in developmental patterning, and a syndrome of congenital anomalies results, of which polydactyly is one feature or…