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Art and Medicine: A Beneficial Pairing on Many Levels


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.

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Is Science a Form of Art?

While medicine and art clearly have meaningful connections, can basic science have an artistic side as well? The answer is a resounding yes! The winning entries of the competition sponsored by Penn Medicine’s Mahoney Institute for Neurosci...Full story

CEO Column

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The new year brings new beginnings. It is equally important to remain faithful to the central values and guiding principles that define an institution. Penn Medicine’s Annual Quality and Patient Safety Report embodies this double commitme...Full story

Doubeni Named Head of Family Medicine

Chyke Doubeni, MD, has been named chair of Family Medicine and Community Health. Doubeni is board certified in both family medicine and general preventive medicine and is a nationally recognized clinical epidemioloist/health services rsaer...Full story

Chester County Hospital Achieves Magnet!

This past November, Chester County Hospital learned that it had achieved Magnet® status from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), a reflection of its nursing professionalism, teamwork, and superiority in patient care. During the...Full story

Lee and Trojanowski Receive International Recognition

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Congratulations to Virginia M.-Y. Lee, PhD, MBA, director of the Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research, and John Q. Trojanowski, MD, PhD, director of the Institute on Aging, on being named the 2014 J. Allyn Taylor International Pr...Full story

Penn Medicine Faculty Named to 2014 Class of AAAS Fellows

Three faculty members from the Perelman School of Medicine have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). They are among 401 members who have been awarded this honor by AAAS because of their scien...Full story

Awards and Accolades

Benjamin Abella, MD, MPhil, vice chair for Research in Emergency Medicine, was elected a Fellow of the European Resuscitation Society, the largest international scholarly association focused on cardiac arrest research. Aaron T. Beck, M...Full story

Ground Zero: Life in an Ebola Treatment Unit

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More than 21,000 people have contracted the Ebola virus in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone during the longest record outbreak of the disease over the past 10 months. More than 8,000 people have died from the virus. Thanks to the increasi...Full story

Eye Screenings in West Philly Help Prevent Vision Loss

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Rebecca Salowe (project manager), Laura O’Keefe (head clinical research coordinator), and Gideon Whitehead (director of Community Outreach) all work with Joan O’Brien, MD, chair of Penn Ophthalmology, on a study investigating the genetics...Full story

PAC’-ing up to PPMC

Last month, the Pavilion for Advanced Care at PPMC opened the doors to its first patients. Once the building is fully occupied later this winter, clinical teams from an array of critical care and surgical specialties, trauma/emergency servi...Full story


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