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THE ART OF MEDICINE Dr. J Pietro Aparicio - June 16, 2020

Art is a diverse range of human activities in creating visual, auditory, or performing artifacts (artworks), expressing the author's imaginative, conceptual ideas, or technical skill, intended to be appreciated for their beauty or emotional power.

The main gift of an artist, particularly a FILMMAKER is having an eye for details and the ability to observe keenly.

Observation demands attention, and is the key to both FILMMAKERS and medicine. Treating physicians are often called “attending physicians”. “Attention” and “attend” are the main terms in their life. Both FILMMAKERS and physicians are very observant and pay great attention to details.

Artists see the world from a very holistic point of view. They observe and assess and pay attention to the state of the mind, the state of the physical body, and the state of the spiritual world.

Armand Trousseau, famous French doctor and very much part of the history of medicine (1869) says: The worst man of science is he who is never an artist, and the worst artist is he who is never a man of science.

In early times, medicine was an art, which took its place at the side of poetry and painting.

Medicine is both an art and a science. Both are interdependent and inseparable.

Doctors and artists have to deal with a human being, his or her body, mind and soul. To be a good medical practitioner also has to be a good artist.

Medicine is the scientific study and its practice an art.

Three fundamental principles are important to practitioners of art and medicine.

1. First is the individual or patient welfare,

2. Individuals autonomy, and

3. Social justice.

Similar qualities of mind, body, and spirit are demanded by the practitioners of both art and medicine.

Truly, medicine, like art, is a calling and a gift.



Dr. J. Pietro Aparicio

72 Dragons Health