Here is Neil’s stimulating talk on “the art of observation in medicine”.
In the ever more time pressured environment of the emergency department it can be all to easy to shut down our senses and act in a formulaic fashion. This presentation is a great reminder to open up all our senses – sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste (for the risk welcoming and adventurous individuals) – to allow us to see the greater picture. Remember a large part of being an emergency physician is developing your skills as a diagnostician. Diagnosis is a process of gathering information and then interpreting this in the correct context. So give yourself an advantage, by using all the information that is available to you…..BE OBSERVANT!
See if you to can formulate diagnoses by simple observation of the art contained in the presentation above. Here is a link to Neil’s presentation notes and art interpretations.
- Abraham Verghese: A Doctor’s Touch via TED:
- Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine’s “Diagnosis in Art” articles
- “Smith, Bell, and the Art of Observation” by Chris Nickson from LITFL