Medicine and healthcare an important field of study because not only does it directly relate to our health, but also it ultimately aids our understanding of the natural world. Modern discoveries in biology such as tensegrity and geodesic structures bring us closer to understanding nature and its building blocks, and possibly unraveling the underlying them of the universe itself.
Medicine and art, once again seem like two completely separate subjects, have always had an interesting connection with another. To talk about the shift in relationship between medicine and art, we first quickly examine the evolution of medicine and how medicine itself has changed over time.
|The Tai Chi symbol. Yin and Yang representing opposing energies of the universe.|
We look at Eastern medicine, in particular Chinese medicine, as representative of medical practice before the advent of modern technology. Chinese medicine has often baffled western scientists and doctors, who believe that the whole practice is, based somewhat on superstition. The ancient Chinese never treated medicine as a science, but more as a philosophy. Chinese medicine deals with workings on a metaphysical level, the treatment of a patient is not to fix an illness, but to restore a balance that has been disturbed. Much like an artist who in his/her artwork constantly strikes the balance between colors, shapes, and lighting, a traditional Chinese doctor is simply restoring a balance in the patient’s body.
|Michelangelo's "Creation of Adam".|
Modern medicine, however, has a completely differently relationship to art and technology. Medicine is a field in which technological advances flourish. Examination of the connections between technology and art naturally leads to the examination of medical technology due to the connection between art and the human body. The human anatomy has always been an inspiration to many famous artists. From external body proportions to the internal workings, the human body has set the stage for many brilliant artworks.
|A nanobot injecting medicine into a blood cell.|
It is also a wonderful transition going from robotics to medical technologies because robotics plays such a crucial role in the future of medical care. From Nanobots to exoskeletons, robots open a new world of possibilities in medical treatment, administering to patients in a way that doctors cannot do.
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