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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Art–Science Collaborations

Art–Science Collaborations — Avenues toward Medical Innovation

Caroline Wellbery, M.D., Ph.D. Indicado pela AMICOR Maria Inês Reinert Azambuja
N Engl J Med 2015; 373:2495-2497December 24, 2015DOI: 10.1056/NEJMp1509788
Cardiovascular stents represent a successful scientific advance, but they may have their origins in art: some stent designs have been inspired by the principles of origami, the Japanese art of paper folding.1 Indeed, art can inform medical science in myriad ways — providing not only inspiration but also insight and a humanizing touch. A collaboration among physicians, artists, and humanities scholars in Britain entitled “Life of Breath,” for instance, is investigating the understanding of breathlessness in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), seeking ways in which a multidisciplinary approach can enhance the diagnosis and treatment of this increasingly prevalent disease. Elsewhere as well, it's increasingly common to find artists working closely with medical scientists. Such efforts are an offshoot of broader interdisciplinary art–science collaborations that have a venerable history./.../

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