The Grim Historian
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The Grim Historian

Let's Play Medical Detective with These Famous Paintings

I spy van Gogh's depression, Bronzino's syphilis, and way too many goiters

Let’s Play Medical Detective with These Famous Paintings
An Allegory with Venus and Cupid (detail), Agnolo Bronzino, 1542 | Public Domain

Medicine is an art. It's why I have always believed the most talented physicians are also the keenest artists. And while diseases may cause death, the soul of art lives on. Or, as the father of medicine, Hippocrates, said, "Life is short, the…

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Carlyn Beccia

Carlyn Beccia

Author & illustrator. My latest books — 10 AT 10, MONSTROUS: THE LORE, GORE, & SCIENCE, and THEY LOST THEIR HEADS. Contact: CarlynBeccia.com