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Lessons From Everywhere

Polydactyly reported by Raphael

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 23 December 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:1622
  1. Daniel Mimouni, Rabin Medical Center,
  2. Francis B Mimouni, Lis maternity hospital,
  3. Marc Mimouni, Schneider Children's Medical Center of Israel
  1. Petah Tiqva, Israel
  2. Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, Tel Aviv, Israel
  3. Tel Aviv

We were surprised to count six toes on the left leg of St Joseph in Raphael's famous painting of “The Marriage of the Virgin” (Milan, Pinacoteca di Brera), painted in 1504 (below). This is probably not due to the carelessness of this painter, well known for his attention …

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