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By Geri Berg, Eric Avery

The scientific clinician and the artist are united of their want for a unique visible expertise. for every, sight needs to go beyond the instantly obvious. The clinician needs to penetrate the outside to understand what ails the sufferer, the artist needs to pene­trate colour, shape, and content material to outline truth. The essayists and their subject matters are: Ber­nice M. Wenzel, who holds a joint appoint­ment within the division of body structure and the dept of Psychiatry at U.C.L.A., “Medical schooling: In Transition?”; Eric Avery, artist, photographer, and psychiatrist who accomplished his residency on the Psychi­atric Institute in manhattan, “Hands therapeutic: A Photographic Essay”; John Cody, writer and psychiatrist who accomplished his education on the Menninger medical institution and has released After nice discomfort, the interior lifetime of Emily Dickin­son, “The Arts as opposed to Angus Duer, M.D.” and “A Grain of Sand”; Geri A. Berg, artwork his­torian and social employee who on the time of the dialogues used to be cochairperson of the Pro­gram of Humanistic stories at Johns Hop­kins collage university of overall healthiness providers, “The visible Arts in general practitioner Edu­cation: differently of Seeing”; John Burnside, leader of the department of inner Medi­cine on the Hershey clinical middle, “Visual Arts and abilities Acquisition”; W. Sherwin Simmons, paintings historian who accomplished his doctoral paintings on the Johns Hopkins Univer­sity, “The Transformation of the Language of Vision”; Charles W. Rusch, head of the Ar­chitecture learn and layout Unit of the collage of Oregon, “On the connection of structure and Medicine”; and E. A. Vastyan, head of the dept of Human­ities on the Hershey scientific heart, “Among different issues, Art.”

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D. The clinician's craft begins with the eyehis essential diagnostic tool. With it he heeds the Hippocratic admonition to observe and to read the signs of illness impressed on the face and body of his patient. The artist's craft also begins with the eye. With it he records the work of nature and man's work upon nature. Like the physician the artist studies faces, forms, and colors. Clinician and artist are united in their need for a special visual awareness. Each sees; but for each, sight must transcend appearances.

In commenting on Cody's "Grain of Sand," John Burnside notes that the essay is really a case study and states that it is of little concern whether the reader likes William Blake, the artist of the painting under consideration. Rather, the painting becomes a tool to tell of Cody's own credothe value people have for each otherthat we are helped and helpers, that we need respite, that we recognize what we know or at least interpret according to our preparedness, and finally that suffering and evil exist, have always existed, and from them evolve compassion and love.

Then with a somewhat clean slate, I used my own version of the scientific method to generate a visual activity to investigate the concept of space in my hypothesis. As I began this work in December of 1976, I was invited to be a participant in the Visual Arts and Medicine Dialogue Group, which was supportive and also helpful in clarifying aspects of my experience in art and medicine. Also, at the same time, I began to work with two extraordinary members of the Division of Geriatric Research at my hospital, Dr.

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