By antalgic spinal distortion I mean that peculiar condition characterized by an unnatural direction of the back, without any marked organic change in its structures, and adopted originally in order to relieve pain.
Some physicians serving in the war have observed among sick and wounded soldiers and sailors certain patients sitting, standing or walking in a stooping attitude, with round shoulders and back, or in an attitude wherein the back has assumed abnormal direction varying from moderate asymmetry to extreme distortion. Attention has for some time been directed to this condition, and an extensive literature on the subject has grown in France; but its true nature has rarely been recognized.
French writers have given this condition many denominations, such as plicature vertébrale, campto-cornie (Souques and Rosanoff-Saloff1), spondylose antalgique (Sicard2), and campto-rachis (Laignel-Lavastine and Courbon3).
So far as my reading has extended, I find no mention of it