The marriage of art and science in health care

Yale J Biol Med. 2001 Jan-Feb;74(1):21-7.


This paper invites the reader to consider the marriage of art and science as antidote to much epidemic disease, for our greater personal and societal health. The history of arts medicine is reviewed, identifying its persisting although often tenuous link with health care from pre-history to the present. The author describes his personal encounter with art at the bedside, and how it led to his establishing a comprehensive artist-in-residence program at his university hospital. The scientific evidence underscoring the efficacy of art-making for physical and psychological health are outlined, together with the physiological and biochemical data. The author describes his own program, and offers examples of healing art in action.

MeSH terms

  • Delivery of Health Care*
  • Medicine in the Arts*
  • Poetry as Topic