Special Feature| Volume 351, ISSUE 3, P306-307, March 2016

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Sitting for Picasso: Surprise and the Art of Medical Education

  • Daniel R. Wolpaw
    Correspondence: Daniel R. Wolpaw, MD, Departments of Medicine and Humanities and The Doctors Kienle Center for Humanistic Medicine, Penn State University College of Medicine, Hershey, PA.
    Departments of Medicine and Humanities and The Doctors Kienle Center for Humanistic Medicine, Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey, Pennsylvania
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Published:February 22, 2016DOI:
      I had seen Mr. Armstrong several times in my Internal Medicine outpatient practice at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He was a very pleasant gentleman—53, homeless and living on the street, with an array of common chronic medical conditions including hypertension, hypercholesterolemia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Our visits were generally filled with challenges related to things such as diet, stress and medication adherence. I mostly did my best to manage these problems while trying to stay on time. In my clinical world he was a homeless person with a problem list.

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