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Shardlake: what is scoliosis and how is it treated?

By Simon Jones, Professor, Musculoskeletal Ageing, University of Birmingham
The Disney+ series Shardlake is a mystery drama following the journey of Matthew Shardlake (Arthur Hughes), a barrister navigating Tudor England during the reign of Henry VIII. Shardlake’s character has scoliosis, a condition characterised by an irregular sideways twist of the spine, resulting in a visibly curved back with misaligned hips and shoulders.

Set against the backdrop of 16th-century England, Shardlake’s story unfolds in an era long pre-dating X-rays, which let us view the structure of the spine. Consequently,…The Conversation

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