This week’s topic, the intersection of medicine and art, was a topic I was quite unfamiliar with until watching the corresponding lectures. Immediately after being introduced to the topic, I thought of plastic surgery, and how it is a form of aesthetic correction that could be considered art. Even though plastic surgery is a very technical procedure, there is a certain level of artistic intention surgeons have. The advent of technology has furthered the capability of “artistic expression” these surgeons have, enabling them to perform more complex, precise maneuvers. It is less structured and formulaic than other forms of surgery, as much of the aesthetics of the procedure is up to the surgeon.
Aesthetics of Plastic Surgery
The intersection of medicine and art plays a prominent role in the medical schools all across the nation. Specifically, Stanford Medical School has a program where they combine the arts and humanities within their biomedical program to foster more complete doctors and scholars. It is interesting because the study of medicine is a pursuit to further understand human nature, and the study of art can be viewed as the same. What the program at Stanford actually shows is that the arts and humanities are not that different than medicine. With the evolution of technology, the distinction is shrinking. Technologies such as medical illustration are directly combining art and medicine. Accurate depictions of organs and capillary networks are created in order for students and professionals to gain a greater understanding of the human body.
Example of Medical Illustration
Additionally, a few articles on Forbes have been published that report that studying art and humanities can actually aid medical students through school, and form complete and competent students. This also shows, that with ever-evolving technology, the world of medicine and art are very intertwined. Eventually, art and medicine will be so intertwined that they will be one in the same.
The Intersection of Art and Medicine
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