Category Archives: Arts

“The Defiant Muse” by Rafael Campo

How one man poured himself into poetry to prevent “the stealing of [his] personhood” by Parkinson’s. From Harvard Medicine’s 2003 bulletin, The Neurobiology of the Arts. I sat dumbfounded as he went on to recite about a hundred lines of … Continue reading

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Picasso’s glimpse into humanistic medicine

This past summer as I backpacked through Europe, I stumbled into the Museu Picasso, nestled in the tortuous La Ribera section of Barcelona, Spain. The museum, which feels more like a medieval Spanish villa, was supported by the late artist, … Continue reading

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Art, Frankenstein, and a pleasant break from anatomy

“I beheld the wretch — the miserable monster whom I had created.” This poignant moment, realized by Mary Shelley’s notorious Dr. Victor Frankenstein, represents the literary crux of science and medicine. Almost every physician at some stage in their education … Continue reading

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Healing, panel by panel

Remember all those times when Lois Lane couldn’t understand where Clark Kent was running off to? Secret identities have been the crux of superhero struggles since the inception of comics. Time and again we’ve seen comic book heroes grapple with misunderstanding … Continue reading

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Anatomy – A New Frontier

Gross anatomy is exactly as it sounds. You learn anatomy, and smell gross afterwards. You spend 6-8 hours the day before studying and preparing for a 2-hour dissection the next day. When an exam approaches, you double the 6-8 hours … Continue reading

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The Art of Alzheimer’s

Physicians are not trained to interpret paintings, and most patients do not have a lifetime of artwork to analyze. However, a rare opportunity for both to occur is at the Museum of Modern Art’s exhibition “de Kooning: A Retrospective.” Willem … Continue reading

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Just clowning around

The first International Conference on Medicine and Medical Clowning was held last week in Jerusalem. Medical clowning, which combines theater performance with drama therapy and elements of nursing, has grown in popularity in recent years to become a worldwide phenomenon, … Continue reading

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Welcome to medical school

This week, first-year students at New Jersey Med begin a time-honored rite of passage – anatomy lab. Below, a video from Dream Anatomy, an exhibition by the National Library of  Medicine. via Morbid Anatomy

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Rounding in the Gallery

Historical figures aren’t the only ones subjected to mystery diagnosis in the modern age. At the National Gallery in London, Professor Michael Baum organizes gallery rounds where he and his students analyze works of art through a clinician’s lens. (via BiblioOdyssey) … Continue reading

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Gotta catch ‘em all

Works of Oliver Sacks, with glorious new covers. image via fastcodesign

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