Our patient was a pale, lithe woman in her mid-20s, clearly a dancer. Her left arm projected in a contorted spiral, the muscles taut beneath her semitransparent skin. She held her clawed hand perfectly still. A group of medical students and instructors congregated in an arc around her and began to construct a differential diagnosis, recalling the pathways of nerves, vessels, and muscles, and speculating about her history. Our patient remained frozen, forcing us to use just our eyes to carefully extract clues.
Campbell JI. Art and the Uncertainty of Medicine. JAMA. 2014;312(22):2337-2339. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.10773