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From art to science: the functional damage due to thumb osteoarthritis finely described by Velazquez 300 years before its clinical description

J.H. Villafañe, R. Cantero-Tellez, S. Negrini, P. Berjano
  • J.H. Villafañe
    IRCCS Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi, Milan, Italy |
  • R. Cantero-Tellez
    Tecan Hand Center, Malaga, Spain
  • S. Negrini
    IRCCS Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi, Milan; University of Brescia, Brescia, Italy
  • P. Berjano
    IRCCS Istituto Ortopedico Galeazzi, Milan, Italy


Velazquez showed to know the entity of thumb osteoarthritis by finely describing it in one of his paintings. The concepts of anatomical damage, loss of strenght, and functional impairment are transmitted to the observer.


Thumb, Carpometacarpal, Osteoarthritis.

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Submitted: 2017-05-09 10:13:19
Published: 2017-09-21 12:06:27
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