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The Arts and Medicine
October 25, 2016

Art in My VeinsA Medical Self-portrait

Author Affiliations
  • 1Supervisor, Digital Content Operations, The JAMA Network, Chicago, Illinois
JAMA. 2016;316(16):1628-1629. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.15507

A typical self-portrait documents the artist’s appearance. It may be self-serving, showing the subject’s more laudable attributes, or it may be more revealing of the sitter’s inner life. Artist Philip Carey has created a different kind of self-portrait, using disease as a catalyst to portray a universal feeling about the burden of being sick. His medical self-portrait, Art in My Veins, is a record of processes imposed on his body, a catalog of evidence that reflects excessive interventions required to heal.

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