Upper photo "Peace of Heart" by Cyrus McEachern, from 2009 Heartfelt Images, Faculty of Medicine, UBC Cover design: Carol Dragich
We would like to share with you a few brief excerpts from the introduction to the book "Creative Arts in Humane Medicine".
Creative Arts in Humane Medicine opens with a promise of hope. The first article, Teaching Empathy through Role-play and Fabric Art. features research about fabric art and role play to teach empathy, an innovative pedagogical approach for end of life health care providers. Educating for empathy, so as to bring active and embodied learning to medical students, Andre Smith and the research team at the Department of Sociology, University of Victoria, explore the experiences of first- and second-year medical students who participated in a progressive learning intervention that effectively cultivated empathy in the medical students who took part in the study..Our book title, Creative Arts in Humane Medicine, deserves a brief explanation that will help orient readers to both the content and approach. Creative arts here refers to art forms such as visual arts (for example, fabric art, installations, collage, photography, painting, sketching ) drama and performance (ethnodrama, reader’s theatre, music, dance, etc.); forms of writing (narrative and poetry, monologues/playwriting); creative arts in therapy and for practitioner self care; (music therapy, drama therapy and other arts modalities) graphic and digital arts, (digital story, cartooning and film), among others.To be humane is to show empathy or understanding , to care about the condition and suffering of others, to treat others as we ourselves might wish to be treated. The word medicine, from the Latin ars medicina refers to the art of healing and medicine, the practice that is invested in the prevention and treatment of illness.
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