Displacements (of the vertebrae
) from a fall rarely admit of being
rectified, and those above the diaphragm are most difficult to rectify.
When the accident happens to children, the body does not grow, with
the exception of the legs, the arms, and head. Excurvation, in adults,
speedily relieves the individual from the disease he is laboring under,
but in time it renews its attack, with the same symptoms as in children,
but of a less serious nature. Some individuals have borne this affection
well, and have turned out to be brawny and fat. But few of them have
lived to the age of sixty. Lateral curvatures also occur, the proximate
cause of which is the attitudes in which these persons lie. These
cases have their prognostics accordingly.