Intended for healthcare professionals


Letting art do the healing

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 08 October 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1998

The Art of Medicine

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

Competing interests:
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Competing interests: No competing interests

14 October 2008
Hugh Mann
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA