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Spot the diagnosis! The case of woman lying in bed.

In Arts PRN by Sabrina YeungLeave a Comment

This piece by Robert Tennant Cooper, commissioned in 1912, depicts a young woman lying in bed on a balcony. An ominous figure lurks by her bedside with an hourglass. Without the figure, the scene appears almost calm and peaceful with a beautiful landscape beyond the balcony. Observe the piece to come up with a potential diagnosis for the woman lying in bed.  What might the woman lying in bed be suffering from? The …

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Spot the Diagnosis! The case of the sick artist with his physician

In Arts PRN, Medical Concepts by Sabrina YeungLeave a Comment

As part of the Arts PRN series, we will intermittently be featuring pieces of historic art that hint at an underlying medical condition. They say a picture is worth 1000 words… can you Spot the Diagnosis after examining only a painting? Read on to learn not only about the art, but about these fascinating medical conditions. Who knows, maybe they’ll help you make a diagnosis some day (or at least help you out on Jeopardy)! …

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Spot the Diagnosis! The Case of the Dropsical Child

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In this Spot the Diagnosis! post, we have the case of an ill looking child, brought in for healing by a worried mother. Through the symbolic ox, the haloed saint is identified as St Luke, a physician in the New Testament. (Note the book at his lap entitled “Hippocrates”.) (Can you also see St. Luke’s other noted profession? Answer: An artist!) What does this scene depict? This scene depicts three people: an adult …

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Spot the Diagnosis! The Case of the Bloody Man

In Arts PRN, Featured, Medical Concepts by Leah ZhaoLeave a Comment

As part of the Arts PRN series, we will intermittently be featuring pieces of historic art that hint at an underlying medical condition. They say a picture is worth 1000 words… can you Spot the Diagnosis after examining only a painting? Read on to learn not only about the art, but about these fascinating medical conditions. Who knows, maybe they’ll help you make a diagnosis some day (or at least help you out on Jeopardy)! …

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Medical History in Art: A brief history of one of the most symbolic tools in medicine

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Yesterday (March 30th, 2018) was National Doctor’s Day in the United States, and we thought it would be fitting to do a feature on arguably one of the most symbolic tools in medicine. What is the tool portrayed above? The painting above features Rene Theophile Hyacinthe Laennec using an early version of his invention – the stethoscope. The Inventor1 To the left is a portrait of Rene Theophile Hyacinthe Laennec. Born in 1781, …

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Hidden Stories: The Fortune Teller

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“Hidden stories” is a series that is part of Arts PRN that focuses on challenging and building observational skills. How many details can you notice? Can you weave together a story from this one still image? Don’t forget to check out more series featured on Arts PRN here.  Test your visual intelligence by trying to decipher the story depicted in this painting from 1620 titled “The Fortune Teller” by Simon Vouet! While you’re giving it …