CHICAGO — Damaged brains, gunshot wounds and torn muscles are the inspirations for Diane Nelson's drawings and sculptures.
Nelson is a medical-legal illustrator who works with medical reports and X-rays to depict injuries for lawyers arguing medical liability and malpractice cases.
Lawyers credit her anatomical depictions with helping win million-dollar settlements, often before a case gets to trial.
About 400 medical illustrators, not all involved in legal work, attended the annual meeting of the Assn. of Medical Illustrators last week.
Nelson, the meeting's chairwoman, said medical-legal illustration requires someone who not only can depict the human anatomy but also can convey it to jurors who usually don't know much about medicine.