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December 1937


Arch Derm Syphilol. 1937;36(6):1197-1201. doi:10.1001/archderm.1937.01480060070013

Art and medicine—they are both aspects of human civilization and yet it would be difficult to imagine two more different fields of human activity. Art— creation of an imaginative mind which, stirred by an experience or emotion, feels the urge to express itself in aesthetic forms; and medicine—a service, the endeavor of a man to succor his fellowmen by curing and preventing disease— Sigerist.1

A physician, especially if he is untrained in the true technic of art, is sorely tempted to survey the efforts prompted by this muse with a professional and evil eye. He is liable to violate that time-honored rule that the layman's appreciation of art should be with a check-book and respectful silence. Moreover, "whenever a doctor goes on a vacation trip to Europe accompanied by a wife who insists on seeing the galleries, he spends his time hunting for pathological subjects, is sure to make

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