He was born at Lyngdal in Vest-Agder as a son of parish priest Thorstein Rolfsen Andvord and Sofie Barbara Margrethe Feyer. He was the father of jurist and diplomat Rolf Andvord. He graduated with a degree in medicine in 1882. From 1887 to 1896, he was associated with the Tonsåsen Sanatorium (now Tonsåsen Rehabilitation Centre) at Valdres in Oppland. Andvord conducted a study of the treatment of tuberculosis while at Tonsåsen and published a number of studies starting in 1889. He later moved to Kristiania (now Oslo) and returned to general practition and to work at the Gausdal Sanatorium.
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