Picturing Diagnosis

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Workshop with undergraduate medical students at Durham University.

As doctors in the making, valuing medical diagnosis as an art, as much as it is a science, will be fundamental to your medical training. Patient consultations require much more than physical examinations, lab results and diagnostic scans; generalised medical knowledge must somehow be connected with the unique experience of the individual patient. The clues to diagnosis are often hidden in the patients' habits, fears, beliefs and experiences, which are only accessible through the stories they narrate.

Picturing Diagnosis will call upon the student as detective, to listen to dramatic stories of patients with debilitating symptoms, their challenges with medical treatment, the vagaries of medical tests, and the distress of diagnostic errors. Unaware of the patients’ condition, they will utilise visual material such as clinical and anatomical imagery to help assist in the diagnosing process.

Published on The Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine
Picturing Diagnosis

Conference paper at A Narrative Future for Health Care, King’s Guy’s Hospital Campus, London, June 19 to 21, 2013