Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor:
Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA;
Journal Review Editor: Brenda L. Seago, MLS, MA, Medical College of Virginia
Campus, Virginia Commonwealth University.
The visual arts have had longstanding and multifaceted roles in medicine,
including art as therapy, visual representations in anatomy and other fields,
and aids for physicians in processing methods of medical practice. Incorporating
the visual arts into medical curricula fosters sensitivity, engagement, imagination,
and reflection, all skills necessary for clinical competence and professional
development.1 Using visual arts in medical
education has also translated into improved clinical observational skills.2AMC Art Book, beyond being
a compilation of artworks, is a commentary on these relationships and on how
the visual arts and medicine can shape one another.
Dolev J. Art. JAMA. 2005;293(12):1521-1525. doi:10.1001/jama.293.12.1521