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Vol. 32, No. 2Summer 2009

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Student Voices

Art Enhances Medicine

In this photo essay, students at the School of Medicine scrutinize art — all in order become better doctors. Their elective course, “Visual Thinking: How to Observe in Depth,” is designed to expand observational and critical-thinking skills.

 

"It's about making observations," explains co-instructor Tamara Moats, adjunct faculty in art history at the UW Museology Program. "It's irrelevant that they're looking at art — what they're gaining is the ability to really look at something, and that is a skill that is perfectly adaptable to medical diagnosis."

 

"It's about making observations," explains co-instructor Tamara Moats, adjunct faculty in art history at the UW Museology Program. "It's irrelevant that they're looking at art — what they're gaining is the ability to really look at something, and that is a skill that is perfectly adaptable to medical diagnosis."

 

Colored pencils fly out of the box for a drawing assignment at the Frye Art Museum on Seattle's First Hill. "Leonardo [da Vinci] knew the value of drawing, and basically invented scientific illustration for this purpose during the Renaissance," says Moats.


On view: “Richard Misrach: On the Beach,” at the Henry Art Gallery; the Charles and Emma Frye Collection at the Frye Art Museum

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