Rachel Pugh: Could studying the arts provide the cultural shift that medics need to deal better with patients and avoid scandals such as Mid Staffs
An interesting and thought-provoking article, the subject…
The Doctor by Luke Fildes (1887)
Fildes’ celebrated 1887 work, The Doctor, depicts a Victorian GP on a home visit. He is watching over an impoverished labourer’s sick child; the bed is makeshift, two non-matching chairs pushed together; the cottage interior humble, befitting the labourer’s status. The central figure is the imposing male doctor, gazing intently at his patient, while in the background the father looks on helplessly his hand on the shoulders of his tearful wife. The doctor is observing the ‘crisis’ of the child’s illness, the critical stage in pre-antibiotic days when the patient is no longer overwhelmed by infection. The breaking light of dawn on the child’s face suggests the crisis is over and that recovery is possible. Fildes’ skilful use of light and perspective focuses the eye on the doctor, the patient, and the relationship between them. The child’s parents are peripheral, almost irrelevant, the father is watchful but disempowered by the presence of the expert, and the mother, in a stereotypically female role, is collapsed but accepting succour from the hand of the more powerful male. ‘The doctor broods, and in truth there was very little more he could do; he was almost as helpless as the parent only 6 feet and three or four social classes away’, writes Douglas.1
In 1949, the American Medical Association used versions of The Doctor with the caption, “Keep Politics Out of This Picture,” in a campaign against a proposal put forward by President Truman for nationalized health care.
Using the triplet code (where every three DNA nucleotides codes for one amino acid), Stuart Mitchell has converted 1 first human chromosome into music by assigning each amino acid a musical note. And what he has achieved is a hauntingly beautiful song that represents everything that we are musically.
It’s quite long but it’s an amazing thing to listen to in the background if you have time!
The Anatomy of Dr. Tulp, completed in 1632,was one of Rembrandt’s first major commissions and is representative of his later works. Not only was this a major artistic achievement for Rembrandt, it was a great accomplishment for the science world as well and “marked Holland’s independence from the medical schools of the Catholic South generally and of schools in Italy in particular” (Hecksher 22). The Anatomy of Dr. Tulp was one of Rembrandt’s first group portraits and coincided with the new “social phenomenon” of Dutch men commissioning portraits depicting them together while celebrating (Hecksher 24). The members of the portrait were always shown in their finest attire while at leisure.
Rembrandt’s “The Anatomy of Dr. Tulp” is one of the most re-created paintings in history. It’s probably the first painting he signed with his forename.
There are no dissection tools in the painting because Dr. Tulp wouldn’t actually do the dissecting - that would be left to a preparer. The corpse is probably that of a criminal that was hung on that same day. The “shadow of death” or umbra mortis is depicted by the shaded face of the criminal. Here are more versions of the painting:
Edouard Manet’s impressionist version:
Sesame Street by Hillary White:
Dr. Joker by Ben Chen:
And a painting done in 2010 by South African artist Yiull Damaso, who put Nelson Mandela as the corpse. This was actually seen as witchcraft by some:
— Alexander of Tralles, 600 CE (via compoundfractur)
Selman HOŞGÖR is a graphic designer and illustrator based in Istanbul, Turkey. Using frequently illustrations in his designs, Selman works freelance and focuses mainly on branding and illustrations.
He says that:
Creativity is a drug..I cannot live without…
This series of collages is called ART MOVEMENTS OF THIS LEAD AND MOVEMENTS.
— Middlemarch - George Eliot
Heart of Glass: The Art of Medical Models
Gary Farlow can make art out of arteries. He and his team of 10 at Farlow’s Scientific Glassblowing are able to transform the body’s vasculature—and nearly all of its other parts—into an ornate borosilicate glass sculpture, from the heart’s ventricles to the brain’s circle of Willis. “We do almost every part of the body,” Farlow says. “It can take a pretty artistic mind to make some of these things.” With the help of cardiologists, the team creates custom see-through systems for science and medical training. Their anatomically correct models can be designed to simulate blood flow, teach placement of catheters and angioplasty devices, or simply test or demo new surgical gizmos. Individual arteries, veins, and capillaries are shaped and fused together, one at a time. Ground-glass joints are added at the exposed ends so a head, say, can be connected to the carotid arteries should customers want to expand their model. A full-body setup could cost $25,000, so don’t get any bright ideas about using one as a brandy decanter.
these would look absolutely stunning in my foyer*
*author’s note: i do not have a foyer.
— Albert Camus - Notebooks
The Medical Chronicles had the great pleasure of meeting physician and author John Whittemore today. He spoke to us about his experiences in medical school, his practice in rural medicine and the emergency room, and his writing.
Dr. Whittemore emphasized the fact that medicine changes you - you become cynical subconsciously, no matter how nice a person you are. You begin to see life, death and birth in almost the same manner. You begin to see humans as machines. And sometimes you have to - you can’t connect with all your patients and you begin to pretend to be nice to your patients - although of course you should never be that doctor that rushes the patient in, doesn’t listen, and rushes the patient back out. Dr. Whittemore said that you realize that some of the patients that actually come in to the ER are just looking for someone to hear them out. That patient that was “wasting” your time for a runny nose, while a cardiac patient was in the other room just wanted to be empathized with.
Medical education changes you because you learn how to understand people. You learn the psychology of people. And you can detect bad news for the future. But you have to learn how to cope.
"Art is a vaccination to what can happen to you," Dr. Whittemore says.
He advises students to write essays during medical school because it’s a great way to organize thoughts, learn, and cope. Medicine can be a cold subject, and it can be hard to intertwine medicine and the humanities, but you have to find what makes you happy, and art can be a great method to deal with your troubles and ideas.
Victoria Cartright is a “designer, 3D artist, illustrator, and general creator of images” who has created these gorgeous three-dimensional pieces of various anatomical organs. Check out the full range at her website.
Measuring Pain Through Art.
Art by Fritz Kahn
Awesome! Reminds me a little of The Magic SchoolBus when they take a trip inside Ralphie’s body to learn about the immune system :)
- Anonymous asked:Hi there! I don't want to take your time away from studying, because I know you're very busy w/school. But I had a quick question regarding a major & I'd like your opinion. Is cognitive science is a good major? I'd like to major in it since, it incorporates parts of computer science, psych, neuroscience, philosophy and linguistics but I was wondering if I could go to med-school with this major. Its not a "silly" major is it? Hopefully you can get back to me when you're free. Thanks in advance :)
Computer science + psych + neuro????
That sounds like a totally flipping awesome major!
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