In this article you will find a short description of Medical Arts and it’s history, followed by part of the article which is talking about the evolution of medical technology. The article then goes on to describe some of the benefits that Medical Arts provides and finally ends with a list of tips for utilizing this style.
Medical arts is an experimental design derived from surgical neuroanatomy in which subjects are made to learn through interactive stories, images, sounds and videos that may not be fully accessible otherwise. This system blends three disciplines; neuroscience, pedagogy azd art. Medical arts presents information in a way that encourages the brain to retain information by actively interpreting it, while the content is presented in an engaging way.
Medical Arts is a special form of medical storytelling in which certain parts of the brain are excitatory while other parts are inhibitory. For example, looking at a picture of something may activate visual areas to a greater or lesser degree depending on its emotional significance. Looking at an emotionally charged image from the past may significantly increase activity in visual areas, which are then inhibited as one remembers what it means and why it created such an emotional response . The initial excitement, followed by inhibition, occurs repeatedly as one relives the scene. The activity of inhibitory areas then shifts to excitatory areas allowing new learning to occur.
“We are neurologically wired for learning though stories.” –Paul Ekman
This is a principle that underlies the natural learning strategies of babies and young children. Medical arts presents information in a way that encourages the brain to retain information by actively interpreting it, while the content is presented in an engaging way. This is why science and humanities have been able to learn so much about the brain with this very primitive tool (visual perception).
The earliest known written reference to the “wisdom of the body” appears in Galen’s 2nd century “Basic Anatomy”. Although the concept was not new, Galen and others like him were instrumental in establishing the foundations of modern medical knowledge.
In the 4th century BC, Hippocrates documented many observations about people’s emotional states and their influence on health. In his book “On Airs, Waters, Places” written in 350 BC he wrote: “Emotions have a great influence on our health”. In this same book he stated: “Whatever you do – think about it in such an illogical way that you will have to cry out.”
During this time, physicians used humor as a way to treat illnesses. Their approach was uncommon as humor was viewed as frivolous and inappropriate for medical treatment. The Greeks took this seriously and believed in the importance of a healthy, balanced diet.
After the time of Hippocrates, the citizens of ancient Greece were aware of a connection between diet and health, but not much was done to help restore balance.
In the 3rd century BC, Greek physician and philosopher Galen wrote “The Usefulness Of Surgery“. This was a daycare manual designed to teach people about the workings of their bodies. It was unusual because it contained illustrations with which to aid understanding.
Physicians still used humor in their teaching during this time as demonstrated in this passage from his book on “On The Balance Of The Humours”:
“A grave man is more serious than a silly man; he is also more serious than a sick man – and all three are sillier than one who is dying. What good can a man do who is grave, serious, and dying?”
Evolution of Medical Technology
With advancement in medical technology, the way a patient sees the whole of their body has changed. This is especially prevalent on television where half of the screen is occupied by the surgeons or patient’s face, as they are being operated on or demonstrate a procedure. The other half of the screen is often occupied by doctors and nurses – their heads take up nearly all of it. Therefore it can be seen how much this experience can change your perception of yourself as a person – instead of seeing your whole body you only see your head, and if you get surgery to correct a problem with your neck or face you may only see that part which is affected. For example, a patient might see what is happening to his arm and not the rest of his body.
This can lead to the myth that people do not have a good self-image – unable to see themselves as whole.
Medical Arts: A New Way
Medical Arts presents information in a way that encourages the brain to retain information by actively interpreting it, while the content is presented in an engaging way. The brain is not able to distinguish between these two different processes and so will absorb similar information – especially when it is presented in such a compelling way as Medical Arts does. Another benefit of this style of storytelling is its ability to transfer prior knowledge and experience into newly acquired knowledge and experience. This is why science and humanities have been able to learn so much about the brain with this very primitive tool.
The art of Medical Arts involves storytelling to inform, illustrate, and leave the viewer with a memorable experience. This process is also known as “storytelling” or “pragmatics”. The term “medical arts” recognizes that we are all storytellers but we are only using visual media. Visual media can be used by anyone to communicate and convey information – in fact all languages use visual media – text, images, symbols, sounds, etc. However the medical arts approach is unique because it deals with how the various aspects of health interact with each other. For example, nutrition has an effect on the blood and so on.
Medical Arts arises out of the need for health care professionals to communicate more effectively to other health professionals in order to coordinate prevention and treatment. This process allows them all to work creatively together towards a common goal: improving health.