The Healing Arts: An Oxford Illustrated Anthology

Paperback | July 1, 2000

EditorRobin DownieAs told byR. S. Downie

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Medicine and the arts have in common a concern for all aspects of people's lives. This delightful anthology celebrates the many ways in which they interact. Robin Downie has mixed together a rich concoction of poems, stories, prose extracts, music, paintings, and drawings which illustrate thefundamental issues of birth, life, and death. From reviews of the hardback edition The best presents are often those you want to buy for yourself and part with only grudgingly. The Healing Arts falls headlong into this class. New Scientist This book is really much better than any anthology has a right to be... remarkably handsome: largeformat, good paper, spacious layouts, colour plates, and photographs... but the most striking aspect is the quality and variety of the selected items, and the way in which they flow and are mutually reinforcing.' Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of London ' a splendid anthology ...Downie's anthology is interesting, varied ... and fun to dip into.' The Lancet Here's some cultural diversion for anyone on the mend from the surgeon's knife or fighting illness, or indeed for the hypochondriac. Read Betjeman on nurses, Larkin on ambulances, and C S Lewis on grief. And more in thesame vein.' Focus ... a delightful collection of poetry, essay, and musical score, punctuated by carefully selected drawings and paintings. It is undoubtedly a delightful gift for almost anyone in medicine, and a goodly number outside the profession. British Journal of Anaesthesia He has compileda beautiful and inspiring collection of poems, drawings, paintings, cartoons, music and excerpts from books and journals to give pleasure, to heal and inform, and to "stretch the imagination, deepen the sympathy and enrich perspectives" ... It superbly fulfills Downie's goal of bringing pleasure,stretching the imagination, and deepening sympathy. I strongly recommend it to those of you who value the arts and have some association with the medical profession. The Medical Humanities Review This book is a gem which will have wide appeal.... It breaks new ground in using art, prose and poetryto explore interactions between medicine and the arts. Journal of Medical Ethics

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Medicine and the arts have in common a concern for all aspects of people's lives. This delightful anthology celebrates the many ways in which they interact. Robin Downie has mixed together a rich concoction of poems, stories, prose extracts, music, paintings, and drawings which illustrate thefundamental issues of birth, life, and death...

Robin Downie is Professor of Moral Philosophy at Glasgow University, and the author of several OUP books, including Health Promotion (2/e, 1996) and Healthy Respect (1994). An accomplished pianist and composer, he is also the convenor of an interdisciplinary group which meets to discuss medicine and its relation to art, music, and lit...

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Format:PaperbackPublished:July 1, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0192632574

ISBN - 13:9780192632579

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Table of Contents

1. Preface2. List of illustrations3. Introduction4. The way we are5. Disease and mental illness6. Doctors and psychiatrists7. Nurses and patients8. Healing9. Last things10. Research11. Ethics and purposeAppendixAcknowledgementsIndexes: authors; medical authors; first lines of poems

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"If you enjoy mulling over few words carefully spoken then this is for you. Dip in and out of the various chapters as you feel moved to do so, and switch off from the hubbub of medicine to think a little. you never know, you may expand your mind past that which is required by thecurriculum."Northwing (University of Sheffield Medical School Gazette)