The bones of King Richard III, recently unearthed in Leicester, England, show that he suffered from scoliosis. University of Leicester English professor Mary Ann Lund thinks the monarch may have undergone painful treatments for the spine-curving condition, including a stretching treatment similar to the rack. "Historical accounts describe him as an active fighter in battle, so he was clearly able to do strenuous physical activity. On the other hand, it seems likely that the condition was painful and would have restricted his lung capacity," Lund wrote.
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