Explore arts and culture throughout the JAMA Network, including essays and reviews about movies, literature, art, and theatre relevant to clinical medicine.
In this Arts and Medicine feature, author Samuel Shem (pen name of Stephen Bergman, MD) reflects on the origins of his classic novel The House of God, the people and events that inspired its stories, the notion of “fiction as resistance,” and the evolving meaning of the book given developments in medicine and medical education in the 40 years since its publication.
In this Arts and Medicine feature, an early-career physician discusses the ongoing relevance of Samuel Shem’s novel, The House of God, to contemporary health care and medical education on the occasion of its 40th anniversary of publication.
In this Medical News article, experts discuss how various arts program can help medical students see people with dementia in a positive new light.
This Arts and Medicine essay describes the growth of clinical role-play ASMR videos online, reviews what little is known about the ASMR phenomenon, and discusses it in the context of placebo response research.
This Arts and Medicine essay reviews a museum exhibit devoted to the Bowery series, an early attempt at prostate cancer screening that recruited vulnerable men to undergo surgical prostate biopsies, and the career of Tod Dee Craig, the artist who illustrated the surgical procedures and findings.
This Arts and Medicine essay examines the art of Marilène Oliver, who uses data from medical imaging to create works representing the human form, thereby hoping to a forge a connection between clinical data and human expression and consciousness.
This Arts and Medicine feature reviews the American Ballet Theatre’s 2017 production of Richard Strauss’ Whipped Cream (Schlagobers), a collaboration between choreographer Alexei Ratmansky and pop surrealist Mark Ryden, which tells the story of a boy’s admission to and rescue from a nightmarish hospitalization.
This Arts and Medicine essay reviews The Darker the Night, the Brighter the Stars: A Neuropsychologist’s Odyssey, a book of essays, case studies, philosophy, history, and magical realism by Oxford-trained neuropsychologist Paul Broks that explores ideas about the brain, consciousness, and sense of self.
The Arts and Medicine feature reviews the film Beautiful Boy, a dramatization of journalist David Sheff’s 2008 memoir about his son’s descent into methamphetamine addiction and his tentative recovery.
This Arts and Medicine feature contains a heart-themed crossword puzzle.
This Arts and Medicine essay describes the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project, a program that brings poets and facilitators to dementia care settings to reduce social isolation and nurture creative expression among older adults with cognitive deficits.
This Arts and Medicine essay describes an art installation that commemorates the bicentennial of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein with clinical elements that illustrate the relevance of the novel’s story and themes to medical research and practice.
This Arts and Medicine essay discusses the relevance of poetry to clinical medicine in an edited transcript of a conversation between physician-poet Rafael Campo and National Book Award–winning poet Mark Doty.
This Arts and Medicine essay reviews a traveling US exhibit created by the US National Safety Council that honors the human costs of the opioid addiction crisis and engages visitors in strategies to manage opioid use and prevent future deaths.
This JAMA Arts & Medicine article features work in which artists living with cystic fibrosis express their experiences.
This Arts and Medicine essay discusses efforts in US medical centers to develop wall portraiture that honors the full diversity of medical school classes and junior faculty.
This Arts and Medicine essay describes the use of wheelchair ballroom dance workshops to partner standing abled and seated disabled dancers as a means to equalize the 2 and challenge prevalent attitudes about disability.
This Arts and Medicine essay reviews The Good Doctor, an ABC television series that follows the fictional adventures of Shaun Murphy, a first-year surgical intern with autism spectrum disorder, as he learns to be a functioning part of a medical team and hospital system in his first year of surgical internship.
This Arts and Medicine essay discusses the relevance of hip-hop musician Kendrick Lamar’s music and lyrics to the health challenges of urban youth and argues for physician literacy that incorporates the arts that are important to patients.
This Arts and Medicine essay describes the teaching of narrative medicine techniques to surgical trainees, and how close readings of the painting In Hospital (The Operating Room) in seminars and Surgical Grand Rounds revealed truths about the importance of perspective to the surgeon’s professionalism and compassionate care.
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