Art and humanities in medicine - review

The variations that contribute to ones individuality is expressed via these creative routes.

As Calman's paper (1997) describes '(literature)...goes further, using insights of the author to particularise individuals or events in a way that adds colour, depth, and feeling.'

In the quest to gain an understanding of one psychosocial model, a doctor can not, feasibly, enter every patients mentality and still retain objectivity to treat the biomedical model. Arts and Humanities provide an external common ground, on which strangers can come and have their individuality expressed and understood.

Clinical scenarios where this may be of vital importance is where pain is considered. Experience of pain is an integrated outcome of 3 different factors:

In order for a physician to successfully manage pain, he or she should be able to comprehend the quality as well as the quantitative measures of pain. Calman's paper illustrates the value of literature and art in visualising and communicating the 'feeling' of pain.

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