Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities


Augusta Zetterling was one of the first women in Sweden to make a living as a photographer. This photo is from a series she took of women and girls with a curvature of the spine called scoliosis. Whereas mild cases of scoliosis may have little effect on a patient’s life, more severe cases can cause breathing difficulties, back pain, and social difficulties caused by their differences in appearance.

Series of photos of women with scoliosis
Scoliosis by Augusta Zetterling. 1879–1883. Hagstromer Medical Library.



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