Punch,  56 (1869), 256.

Fashionable Suicide





Narcotics, Mental Illness, Gender

    Discusses reports of a new mania among New York women for eating arsenic as a way of achieving brilliant complexions. Suggests that this is another form of 'fashionable insanity' which prompts women to poison their bodies in order to improve their appearance. Considers this and 'tight-lacing' to be forms of 'fashionable suicide'.

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