The two sides of our brain process information in distinct ways. The left hemisphere uses an analytical, logical approach while the right side generally sees life from a creative point of view. Yet, the two sides, while seemingly independent, often work together to provide the best results.
Much the same could be said about medicine and art. The former is largely left-brained while the latter relies primarily on the right side . But when the two collaborate, they can accomplish great things. “Art is the heart and soul of medicine. It helps people see the world a little differently,” said Mahendra T. Bhati, MD, of Psychiatry.
Throughout Penn Medicine, art and medicine interact on many levels, improving clinical skills, promoting healing, and providing a better hospital experience for patients and visitors alike.