Arts and Medicine are the constant inspiration of each other. As we will see in the examples below, advances in medical technology give artist new perspective while arts can improve medical education and patient care.
X-ray use has become a common practice among art authenticators. Not only does it unlock secrets underneath paintings, but it helps to establish authenticity. Types of paper, materials, preparatory sketches, changes to the composition, and other clues can be discovered through the use of an x-ray to prove the nature and origin of painting. Through a combination of documentary research and x-ray examinations, authenticators can determine if a painting is genuine. For example, it is well-known that most artists would recycle their canvases. Painting over a rejected picture was a common practice. X-ray comparison of "A View of Picksgrill Harbor, Dusky Bay" by Hodges, shows a completely different landscape underneath. The original is of icebergs while the scene on the surface is a tropical rainforest.
Physician and artist Satre Stuelke founded the Radiology Art project to explore the hidden contents and structures of everyday things. This project intends to make it easier for patients to relate to some of the radiology procedures they experience during their medical care through deeper visualization of various objects that hold unique cultural importance in contemporary society.
As Dr. Vesna mentioned in lecture, art illustration such as 3D animation has incredibly facilitated education and documentation of our understanding of medicine. The video below might look unremarkable to a person without much knowledge of cell biology, but every detail in the video was carefully crafted to reflect our latest understanding of the cell.
Stanford pediatric anesthesiologists Sam Rodriguez and Thomas Caruso recently developed a program designed to relax their young patients and reduce children's stress and nervousness before surgery; the Bedside Entertainment and Relaxation Theater was implemented at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital earlier this year. Another example of using art to enhance medical care.
Stuelke, Satre. "Radiology Art: X-ray Art." Radiology Art: X-ray Art. N.p., 2009. Web. 24 Apr. 2016.
"X-ray Examination." X-ray Examination. Art Experts, n.d. Web. 24 Apr. 2016.
Selcon82. "Inner Life Of A Cell - Full Version.mkv." YouTube. YouTube, 25 Jan. 2011. Web. 24 Apr. 2016.
Digitale, Erin. "Packard Children’s Anesthesiologists Invent Safe, Fun Way to Distract Children before Surgery." Scope Blog. Stanford Medicine, 14 Apr. 2016. Web. 24 Apr. 2016.
Victoria, Vesna. "Medicine Pt3." YouTube. Uconline, 22 Apr. 2012. Web. 24 Apr. 2016.