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Art of medicine: Chinese doctor calms patients through sketches

Surgeon able to put patients at ease by simply explaining procedures through drawings, Chinese media report

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 03 August, 2017, 12:51pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 03 August, 2017, 12:51pm

A doctor in China has attracted nationwide publicity for his skill in producing drawings to explain complex surgery to his patients.

Zhou Weili, 36, is an orthopaedic surgeon in Changsha in Hunan province.

His skills as a draftsman were first reported by the Hunan Daily, but the story has since been picked up by other media around the country.

Zhou told the newspaper that it took about 10 minutes to produce a sketch to plan surgery on a bone in the leg, but he can spend up to two hours on more complex drawings.

“Patients can instantly understand surgical plans with these illustrations,” said Zhou. “A picture speaks a thousand words.”

Zhou mainly draws with a pencil or ballpoint pen, but is now beginning to sketch illustrations on a computer or using software in a mobile phone.

He also uses his skills to draw medical equipment, according to the report.

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A woman patient who survived a car accident and needed leg surgery told the Changsha Evening News that seeing Zhou’s sketches helped prepare her for the operation.

“After seeing four of Dr Zhou’s illustrations, I understood and felt at ease,” she said.