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Why do divers call decompression sickness "the bends"?

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Dr. Laura Arbogast
Internal Medicine
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In brief: They bend over

Because when dcs was discovered in the 19th century, the patients suffering from it would arch their backs in pain which resembled a then, popular dance maneuver, the "grecian bend.
" funny how medical terms originate.

In brief: They bend over

Because when dcs was discovered in the 19th century, the patients suffering from it would arch their backs in pain which resembled a then, popular dance maneuver, the "grecian bend.
" funny how medical terms originate.
Dr. Laura Arbogast
Dr. Laura Arbogast
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry

In brief: Bends

The term “bends” reportedly originated w men who worked on the brooklyn bridge caissons who stooped due to hip ; leg pain.
Their co-workers jokingly referred to their posture as “grecian bend” which was a posture that fashionable women of that era used. In 1894 a surgeon named andrew smith described this. This differs from the grecian bend which was a dance maneuver before the american civil war.

In brief: Bends

The term “bends” reportedly originated w men who worked on the brooklyn bridge caissons who stooped due to hip ; leg pain.
Their co-workers jokingly referred to their posture as “grecian bend” which was a posture that fashionable women of that era used. In 1894 a surgeon named andrew smith described this. This differs from the grecian bend which was a dance maneuver before the american civil war.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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