Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorJody W.ZylkeMD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthor
To the Editor: Observational skills that define
the astute clinician are usually only acquired after years of clinical experience.
Recognizing both the subtle and obvious visual details is a critical aspect
of visual diagnosis or "seeing." Nonetheless, the formal teaching of observational
skills is rarely included in the medical curriculum.We studied whether the
experiential process of seeing such visual details can be enhanced in medical
students through systematic visual training using representational paintings.
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