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Seeing illness in art and medicine: a patient and printmaker collaboration
  1. Devan Stahl1,
  2. Darian Goldin Stahl2
  1. 1Michigan State University, Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences, College of Human Medicine, East Lansing, Michigan, USA
  2. 2Malaspina Artist Run Centre, Vancouver, British Columbia, USA
  1. Correspondence to Professor Devan Stahl, Michigan State University, Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences, College of Human Medicine, East Fee Hall, 965 East Fee Road, Rm C213, East Lansing, MI 48824, USA; stahldev{at}msu.edu

Abstract

For many patients, viewing one's illness through medical imaging technology can be an unsettling experience. Patients are likely not to see themselves represented in medical images and may find it difficult to reconcile this new image with their own body image. In this article, a patient with multiple sclerosis and a printmaker describe a collaborative project they have developed, wherein the patient's medical images are incorporated into pieces of fine art. The aim of the project is to open up the interpretation of the ill-body to persons outside the medical field, so as to do justice to the multiple dimensions of the body chronically ill persons often inhabit.

  • Medical imaging

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