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Pathology Through an Artist's Eye

http://bit.ly/onhXpp An associate professor in Pathology, Lauren Langford, M.D. grew up in an artistic household, never far from a camera. And, in her eyes, her fondness for photography and art fits hand-in-hand with being a pathologist. Langford still takes photos, but she's further developed her artistic skills by taking lessons in painting and trying her hand at sculpture. Despite her desire to use art as an escape, Langford expanded her range to include pathology-related paintings. One such painting, "School of Cells," was named Best in Art in Pathology at the 2011 United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology's annual meeting. This is the first year the academy has offered an art competition as part of its annual conference, and the entries varied widely. Langford entered six pieces. "When I say I look at the human nervous system, I mean it," Langford explains. "Pathologists look at shapes and colors on slides through a microscope and compare what we see to other images. And then we photograph the slides for use in teaching, publications or tumor boards."
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