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Medical Monet: Art from a Medical Perspective

There is art and beauty in everything and the medical field is no different. In fact, it’s often said that medicine is equal parts art and science.

A huge driving factor is the personal aspect of the field of medicine. It’s the compassion and nurturing nature of medical professionals that drive their careers.

On the surface it may seem like art and medicine exist on completely separate paths, here’s a look at some of the spots where they intersect.

Nurses Harbor Creativity and Innovation

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Nurses today find increasingly creative ways to reach their patients, especially the children in their care.

Part of this comes from a genuine personal desire to help people physically and emotionally, and partly from their natural creativity.

Nursing can be an incredibly stressful profession, and nurses tend to work long hours that span through weekends and holidays.

Thankfully, online nursing programs offer flexible schedules that allow students to cultivate their various abilities.

It’s only natural that those who choose this path seek opportunities to relax and express themselves creatively in their spare time.

Painting, knitting, photography, and gardening are common hobbies for nurses. Most nurses are innately creative people who have an affinity for art.

Comics Are Good for More Than Laughs

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Graphic Medicine is a medium of comics that deliver illness narratives. These powerfully engaging stories are about health-related fictional stories which help patients understand their conditions.

It’s a relatively new field that is part of the medical humanities movement, and has been adopted by a number of medical schools which have started utilizing literature in medical research.

Medical students benefit from these comics through improved communication skills. At their core, comics tell stories, so medical comics help budding doctors and nurses better understand their patients’ stories.

The more cases the medical professionals are exposed to, the better they’re able to handle day-to-day situations.

Medical Illustrations Bring It All Together

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Anatomical illustrations have been a critical aspect of medical training for hundreds of years. Starting with the illuminated manuscripts from medieval times, which included illustrations of various anatomical systems.

More recently, medical illustrators create material and pursue ongoing training to make sure their work reflects the newest research.

Members of the Association of Medical Illustrators are more than merely artists. They also serve as consultants and advisors to educational organizations and help share medical knowledge through various platforms.

The work of medical illustrators spans languages and cultures, and makes up a huge facet of medical communication.

It’s critical for medical illustrators to fully understand studies and data as it develops, and be able to consult with medical personnel and other members of the scientific community.

As you can see, art is an integral part of the medical world. Between the creative minds of the people who make up the world of medicine, and the illustrators that bring the research findings and breakthroughs to life through their work, there’s no doubt that art as viewed through a medical perspective is as colorful and vibrant as through any other lens.