A visual-historical case report

blo1This week saw JMCR publish its first case report using historical images as the subject. Dr Anthony D’Antoni et al. used portraits from the Italian Renaissance to make a diagnosis of hyperkyphosis in Federico di Montefeltro (1422-1482). He believes that this technique is valuable in medical training, and can “hone the observational skills of medical students and residents” when making a diagnosis. He believes that medical education can “look to art education since artists have traditionally studied the process of observations albeit without a pathologic lens”. So, are historical visual aids still appropriate for the fast-paced world of evidence-based medicine? These authors think so. In a comment to the Editor they go on to suggest that “an important link exists between observational skills, clinical epidemiology and evidence-based medicine”. View the full text and accompanying reproduced images, courtesy of the Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy and the Brera Academy, Milan, Italy.

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