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JAMA announces Arts and Medicine section

Today, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) announced that it is starting a new Arts and Medicine section. Associate Editor Roxanne Young wrote in the editorial introducing the new section:

“In 2016, we take the transformation further, beyond the visual and fine arts to all forms of artistic endeavor that express or make sense of illness, the science of body and mind, and the care of patients.

We will now showcase essays that demonstrate the sometimes subtle, often complex interplay between the arts and medicine, ranging from the uniquely absurd to the entertainingly sublime. We define the “arts” broadly to include fine art (of any kind), literature (including poetry, [auto]biography, fiction), television and other visual media, stand-up comedy, theater, exhibits, music, film, photography, history, graphic arts (including “comics”), and more. We will encourage authors to emphasize relationships and affinities between the myriad arts and the practice of medicine and will welcome the offbeat, the classical, and the hip. To begin, Jack Coulehan takes a look at the modern physician’s library, from the turn of the 20th century head-on into the 21st, within an underlying thread of aequinamitas (goodwill, kindness, calmness, patience, equanimity), famously championed by Sir William Osler.

We welcome ideas and submissions from those who love the arts and medicine as much as we do. Please send proposals for The Arts and Medicine to artsandmedicine@jamanetwork.org. “

Young also writes in the article about the history of art on the cover of and within JAMA. You can read the rest of her introductory article here.

 

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