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The Use of Visual Arts as a Window to Diagnosing Medical Pathologies

Overview of attention for article published in AMA Journal of Ethics, August 2016
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Title
The Use of Visual Arts as a Window to Diagnosing Medical Pathologies
Published in
AMA Journal of Ethics, August 2016
DOI 10.1001/journalofethics.2016.18.8.imhl1-1608
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Abstract

Observation is a key step preceding diagnosis, prognostication, and treatment. Careful patient observation is a skill that is learned but rarely explicitly taught. Furthermore, proper clinical observation requires more than a glance; it requires attention to detail. In medical school, the art of learning to look can be taught using the medical humanities and especially visual arts such as paintings and film. Research shows that such training improves not only observation skills but also teamwork, listening skills, and reflective and analytical thinking. Overall, the use of visual arts in medical school curricula can build visual literacy: the capacity to identify and analyze facial features, emotions, and general bodily presentations, including contextual features such as clothing, hair, and body art. With the ability to formulate and convey a detailed "picture" of the patient, clinicians can integrate aesthetic and clinical knowledge, helping facilitate the diagnosing of medical pathologies.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 1 2%
Unknown 43 98%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 6 14%
Student > Master 6 14%
Researcher 5 11%
Student > Ph. D. Student 5 11%
Lecturer 4 9%
Other 12 27%
Unknown 6 14%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 13 30%
Nursing and Health Professions 5 11%
Social Sciences 4 9%
Psychology 4 9%
Arts and Humanities 2 5%
Other 6 14%
Unknown 10 23%