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May 1979

Hydrocephalus(?): Albrecht Dürer, 1506

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Department of Dermatology University of Cincinnati Medical Center 231 Bethesda Ave Cincinnati, OH 45267

Am J Dis Child. 1979;133(5):557. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1979.02130050101025

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Sir.–For the pediatrician, interest in the search for medicine in art is especially rewarding among the many pictures of Madonna and Child. However, other paintings and prints may produce "patients" as one makes "ward rounds" through art museums.

An example has been found recently at the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris (Figure). The curators have indicated that this previously has not been published, even as a "document scientifique." This ink drawing is titled Heads of Children and is by the famous German master Albrecht Dürer. Nothing is known about the history of this drawing at the Bibliothèque Nationale, but one can still enjoy the great skill of the "renaissance sophistication" of Dürer in this picture identified with his famed monogram and date. Dürer, the great figure of German art, was called often the "da Vinci of the North." His skilled craftsmanship is shown often in his prints. His medicine in

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