Why should doctors look at art? A study of Hokusai's Great Wave [On Reflection]

Launer, John (2015) Why should doctors look at art? A study of Hokusai's Great Wave [On Reflection]. Postgraduate Medical Journal, 91 (1079). ISSN 1469-0756

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Most of the literature in the field of medical humanities concerns the written word. Only a small proportion addresses the visual arts, examining why doctors might benefit from looking at great pictures or sculptures, as part of their broader education. In this article I want to use one famous image – Hokusai's Great Wave – to demonstrate what you can gain from studying a single work of art closely. I hope to show how doing so can develop your powers of observation, and deepen your understanding of the relationship between what you know and what you see.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: John Launer writes 'On Reflection' a monthly column for the Postgraduate Medical Journal. Previous articles are freely available on PMJ's archive: http://pmj.bmj.com/content/91/1079.toc#Onreflection. More details of John Launer's work can also be found on the author's website: johnlauner.com.
Subjects: Cognitive Processes, Theory of Mind > Arts - Applied Psychology
Health and Medical Sciences > General Practice
Department/People: Honorary Staff
URI: https://repository.tavistockandportman.ac.uk/id/eprint/1088

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