I first noticed this phenomenon while watching the world news on a weekday after work.  It was a commercial for a new diabetes medicine that showed overweight people dancing at a barbecue, cooking and enjoying life.  How different this was from my day in the wound clinic, where I saw patient after patient with obesity, diabetes, and nonhealing wounds, as well as other dire medical complications. So I tucked this image ...

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I recently went to Boston to see the Goya exhibit at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and was thrilled to see one of my favorite paintings by this artist: Self Portrait with Dr. Arrias. The painting was on loan from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts -- a museum I never had the ...

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Boxer_02 Recently, an ancient sculptural masterpiece has been on temporary display in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Greek and Roman halls. On loan from Rome’s Museo Nazionale Romano, “Boxer at Rest” depicts a battered pugilist immediately after a fight. His face bears evidence of broken nasal bones, swelling and hematoma under his right eye, and multiple lacerations and abrasions to his nose, cheeks, and forehead. One secret ...

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JAMA_beforeafter1a Beginning in 1964 the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) started publishing full color images of art on its cover accompanied by insightful essays. JAMA’s former editor, George Lundberg, wrote that this was part of an initiative to inform readers about nonclinical aspects of medicine and public health, and emphasize the humanities in medicine. Now after almost 50 years of covers ...

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