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Ways of Seeing in Art and Medicine

Jeremy Richards
02/28/2009

When you look at a painting or a sculpture, you can decide if you like it or hate it. Or you can just appreciate the art and withhold judgment. The same applies to disease. Andrea Kalus is the medical director of dermatology at the University of Washington. When she examines a patient's skin, sometimes it's just a blemish, and sometimes it's a matter of life and death. To determine that, she recalls the lessons she's learned from staring at images of storm clouds and raging seas. Dr. Kalus co–teaches a class for medical students called "Visual Thinking: How to Observe in Depth." When she first learned about visual thinking strategies, it changed the way she looked at her patients. Andrea Kalus talks with KUOW's Jeremy Richards.

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