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August 5, 2020

David, Brutus, and Caracalla—A Sculptural Chronology of Anatomical Observation

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Medicine, Spital Emmental, Burgdorf, Switzerland
JAMA Cardiol. 2020;5(10):1200. doi:10.1001/jamacardio.2020.2852

To the Editor Thanks are due to Gelfman1 for the reminder that our visual diagnostic skills are not limited to sonography, radiography, and electrocardiography and begin with the real-time observations of intricately dynamic anatomy. I was prompted by his article to look at further works by Michelangelo and noticed that in addition to his description of external jugular distension in Moses, David, and Pietà, Michelangelo’s bust of Brutus also demonstrates a dilated right external jugular vein up to the crossing with sternocleidomastoid with the head rotated.