Tania Sheko
Jan 24, 2019 · 1 min read

It seems art can help you if you’re studying to become a doctor

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Herbert Ploberger: Self-portrait with opthalmological models, 1928–1930

It seems that Art can help you if you’re studying to become a doctor. Does that surprise you?

For decades, humanities and arts classes have been offered to medical students, in attempts to help them maintain empathy and develop skills necessary to accurately diagnose their future patients. Known as “narrative medicine” courses, they’ve covered topics from comic book–making to modern dance to Impressionist painting. Now, new research shows that looking at artworks can help future doctors hone their observation skills, maintain objectivity, and cope with moments of uncertainty.

Art viewpoints

Year 10 students’ exploration of Art

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