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Editor's Choice

State of the art

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 06 February 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g1388

Re: State of the art

Modern healthcare is imperfect and full of treatment failures. These failures are disappointing and dispiriting for both patient and physician. Fortunately, healthcare can be enhanced by turning to the fine arts and art therapy. Art is a magical modality, which offers patients a refuge from pain and suffering, and a sanctuary for solace, self-expression, symbolism, and supplication. Let's elevate the art of medicine to a fine art that heals the body, mind, and spirit.

Competing interests: No competing interests

08 February 2014
Hugh Mann
Eagle Rock, MO, USA