Follow-Up

Yale innovation in art of observation has worldwide reach

In 1997, worried that physicians’ observational skills might be waning in an era of laboratory tests, electronic monitors and medical imaging, Irwin M. Braverman, M.D., professor of dermatology, in collaboration with Linda K. Friedlaender, M.S., curator of education at the Yale Center for British Art (YCBA), offered an unusual approach to training doctors.“Physicians were losing this ability that they all had, and all used, 50 years ago,” Braverman said. At about the same time, Friedlaender had a disappointing experience when she saw that a resident examining a friend of hers prior to surgery failed to notice obvious signs that the patient was agitated. Friedlaender told this story to her friend Braverman, and...

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