I have recently seen The Devil's Backbone by Guillermo Del Toro. I didn't quite understand why he chose the name of this film to be The Devil's Backbone. Can someone explain it to me?

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From IMDb:

The film's title refers to the medical condition of spina bifida.


The doctor of the orphanage keeps a collection of jars with preserved infants dead from spina bifida: hence the “Devil’s Backbone” of the title. Each jar is full of a special rum, called “limbo water,” which preserves the baby inside. It’s also rumored to have healing property: and the superstitious villagers buy it by the bottle, which in turn supports the orphanage.

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