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The student begins with the patient, continues with the patient, and ends his studies with the patient, using books and lectures as tools, as means to an end - Sir William Osler, Aequanimitas, 1905

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Old Works of Art Are Helping Med Students Learn How to Diagnose

Artists have long been fascinated by illness, rendering everything from syphilis to arthritis to tuberculosis in careful brush strokes. The diseases depicted, frozen on the canvas, have in turn created a type of diagnostic mystery for modern day physicians. As an intellectual exercise that doesn't require medical malpractice insurance, for years doctors have been publishing their theories and arguing with each other over the diagnoses of people long dead.

The discoloration and breast malformation depicted in Rembrandt's "Bathsheba at Her Bath," for instance, has been explained away with a variety of possible causes. Papers have argued that everything from breast cancer to tuberculous…

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