How might doctors hep us understand works of art more fully? This article from The Wall Street Journal (1/2/15) offers important insight on how doctors are looking at works of art and suggesting what health problems adults and children suffered in earlier generations, even hundreds of years ago. This allows art historians to more fully understand a time period. Just as importantly, looking at art allows young medical students to study the history of illnesses and their treatments. While artists do not depict exactly what is front of them, considering how an artist might have represented an illness is an important question to raise.
Above: Raphael, The School of Athens, det., Stanza della Segnatura, Vatican, 1509. Is there a problem with Heraclitus’s knee? Read the article and see additional images.