March 6, 1991

The Creation of Adam: Divine Funster Decrees We Are What We Eat: Chicken?

Author Affiliations

Harvard Medical School Boston, Mass

Harvard Medical School Boston, Mass

JAMA. 1991;265(9):1111. doi:10.1001/jama.1991.03460090059021

To the Editor.—  Dr Meshberger1 has studied Michelangelo's Creation of Adam and found the outlines of neuroanatomic structures within the fresco, in particular, the encompassing outline of a brain.A scientist might use an image that is humanly comprehensible to express an abstract concept; an artist, on the other hand, sometimes turns to scientific or anatomic references to convey philosophical principles or abstract ideas. Art and science—imagination and realism—thus become mutually enhancing and all the more powerful because of each other.Dr Meshberger's interpretation of Michelangelo's fresco is intriguing to both physicians and art historians alike. Such humanistic studies can raise the aesthetics of our profession to a higher level.