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Notwithstanding great scientific advances, the art of medicine is nonetheless
imperfect and full of treatment failures. These failures are disappointing and
dispiriting for both patient and physician. Fortunately, the art of medicine can
be enhanced by turning to the fine arts. Art therapy is a magical modality,
which offers patients a respite from the rigors of healthcare, and a sanctuary
for self-expression, satisfaction, solace, symbolism, and supplication. Let’s
elevate the art of medicine to a fine art that can heal the body, mind, and