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July 13, 1957


Author Affiliations

Sioux Falls, S. D.

JAMA. 1957;164(11):1213-1215. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.62980110005007b

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The saying that "one picture is worth more than ten thousand words" is usually attributed to Confucius. During World War II, the U. S. armed forces demonstrated brilliantly the advantage of using visual education for rapid indoctrination of inexperienced recruits into the intricacies of modern warfare. It was found that even a mediocre student could be taught complicated subjects easily and efficiently. This same system can be utilized by the physician in his office to facilitate and emphasize discussions with patients. With some patients a picture often will convey the point where detailed verbalization only confuses them. In this day of high-tempo life and large, busy medical practices, some form of rapid communication with patients is essential. Pictorial education is one means of achieving this objective.

During the past few years in medical periodicals and texts there have appeared numerous excellent illustrations, many semidiagrammatic and easily interpreted, elucidating various points

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