AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

AMA Journal of Ethics. April 2018, Volume 20, Number 4: 392-395.
doi: 10.1001/journalofethics.2018.20.4.imhl1-1804.

Images of Healing and Learning

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Instrumental

This watercolor depicting students’ reflections on what they learned conducting autopsies won honorable mention in the 2017 Conley Art of Medicine Contest.

Artwork and caption by Ryoko Hamaguchi

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Figure 1. Instrumental, by Ryoko Hamaguchi
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Media

Watercolor and ink on paper.

Caption

Incorporating classmates’ unique one-word reflections on human anatomy and the experience of engaging with the bodies of our anatomical donors, this series captures a diverse spectrum of human emotions surrounding anatomical dissection. Grappling with the humanity of our varied reactions, we related ourselves—ethically and clinically, individually and collectively—to our first “patients” and their critical role in our education and growth as physicians.



Ryoko Hamaguchi is a second-year medical student at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts.

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The viewpoints expressed in this article are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the AMA.