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Paintings through the medical lens

James A Best
Med J Aust 2007; 187 (11): 709.
Published online: 3 December 2007

I wanted to like this book. The idea of a husband British GP educator and wife artist/art historian coauthoring a book about the interface of painting and medicine intrigued me. The structure is also quite novel. It follows four fictional general practitioners starting up a group learning course about painting and medicine, listening in on their discussions in a play-like format. Superimposed on this are two more layers, the first being two other characters walking through an art museum, listening in on and commenting on the group of doctors. Secondly, there is a non-fictional analysis of various famous artists and their works, as well as the art-in-medicine movement. Strangely, the artist co-author includes her own works in the book for analysis, putting herself up against some of the most famous artists in history.

  • James A Best

  • Sydney, NSW

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