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Moments in Surgical History
August 1998

The Surgeon as Illustrator

Arch Surg. 1998;133(8):914. doi:10-1001/pubs.Arch Surg.-ISSN-0004-0010-133-8-ssh0898

It is the rare surgeon who has adequate artistic abilities that allows them to communicate information not only by the written word but also by sketching patients with distinctive clinical problems. The personal drawing of a surgical procedure or pathological problem can serve as an important future footnote in reminding the surgeon of the case having visually recorded it for later review. For scalpel bearers with such talent it is also not unusual to find that their private diaries and/or surgical journals will contain drawings that provide further unique insights into their professional doings.

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