Medical Sketches – Kindergarten-Style


Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Great Lady” medical sketch, which dates from ca. 1510

Well, it would seem that I managed to spark an interest in anatomical pathology in my young love, when I consented to show him images of the anatomical appearance of testicles, heart and brain the other night. When I went to pick him up from Mom’s house after work yesterday, I came across some very interesting medical sketches done in chalk on the driveway. It would seem that the young love, and his little sister, both aspire to be young Leonardo Da Vinci!

Each of the children contributed to what was scrawled in chalk in bold, kindergartener print:

DOCTOR L*’S LIBRARY (Spelled and punctuated correctly, I might add!)





Dr. YL's PatientsThe top image, I was told, depicted a patient with a “Blood Ball Heart” which I would surmise might mean a pericardial effusion.

The next image was a patient with “Lungs that turned into Balloons” which made me nod, thinking of bullous emphysema. Next to the bullous emphysema patient is a clearly satisfied, purple-headed patient belonging to the doctor’s little sister, which she said was a lady with a big chest like Mommy. I can only assume she’s diagrammed a successful breast augmentation procedure here. (Not that I’ve had one… that’s the last thing I need.)

Third from the top was a very unfortunate patient whose “Brain was Growing outside his Skull” – a  serious case, indeed. Brain herniations are by no means a situation to take lightly.

The bottom image shows, well, you might guess: “Twisted TESTICOLES”… absolutely something he saw the other night. Yes, there was a severely enlarged, vascularly compromised testicular torsion image on our Google image search that had wowed and horrified both of us. The figure next to the hapless testicular torsion patient was another one of the doctor’s little sister’s cases… not sure if it’s depicting conjoined twins, or merely a case of bicephaly….


Mom, having been told the story of how Curious George had come to know the ins and outs of his testicular anatomy, said she’d just about fallen over laughing when the testicular torsion case was sketched!



  1. Helen · March 4, 2015

    Howling with laughter over here… 😂


    • jholland · March 4, 2015

      I know. Ah, the laughs these kids provide!!


  2. Sue · March 4, 2015

    Brilliant!!! I’m wondering if Da Vinci’s parents felt similar trepidations….😉


  3. Servetus · March 4, 2015

    Save these to share at his wedding rehearsal dinner. They will be VERY popular 🙂

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  4. Hariclea · March 5, 2015

    and they used appropriate colours and all! especially love the way there is always one where 2 are involved 🙂


    • jholland · March 5, 2015

      Oh, yes… I appreciated the color choices, too. =)


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