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Archive for January 17, 2015

Ivory Sculpture


I took care of a physician who had a rather extensive art collection. I did not know the value of the things he had. He offered me a choice of some things in his collection and this ivory figure struck me. Carol hated the thing. And Lisa loved it. Somewhere along it was explained that this figure was used in physician’s offices. Women would point on the figure to explain where their symptoms were bothering them. This avoided the embarrassment of directly touching herself for the woman. And as I reconsider, it is possible to point and make yourself understood. Not only that but the figure has some style rather better than pointing to a chart. But in order to examine the patient there is going to be some touching somewhere.