About The Literature, Arts, & Medicine Database
The Literature, Arts, & Medicine Database is an annotated bibliography of prose, poetry, film, video and art which was developed to be a dynamic, accessible, comprehensive resource in MEDICAL HUMANITIES, for use in health/pre-health and liberal arts settings. It is a multi-institutional project (see Editorial Board) which was initiated by Drs. Felice Aull, Martin Nachbar, Karen Brewer, Roy Smith and Irene Chen '96 of the New York University School of Medicine in the summer of 1993. This Web site is produced and maintained by the Hippocrates Project, the multi-disciplinary development laboratory for application of information technologies to medical education at New York University School of Medicine.
REVIEWS OF THE DATABASE: For reviews of this site, see Annals of Internal Medicine: 128(11) pp. 959-962, 1998; Medical Services Quarterly: 17(1) p.25, 1998; Literature and Medicine: 16(2) p.273, 1997.
EDITORIAL POLICY: Annotations are written by the editors and, in rare instances, by individuals working under their direct supervision. The editors choose the works they annotate because they have found them to be useful in Medical Humanities teaching or related projects, or because they have potential usefulness for teaching and scholarship in the Medical Humanities. We regret that we are unable to consider unsolicited contributions. We are always open to suggestions for works not yet included.
WE ADD TO AND REVISE THE BIBLIOGRAPHY QUARTERLY. Newly added material can be accessed separately. See "What's New".
HOW TO FIND ANNOTATIONS: To facilitate use, selective links to the annotations have been made in each section (i.e. literature, film, art) of the database for example, by Keyword or Title. In addition, a Free Text Search program allows for searches of any desired word, phrase, or name. A Free Text Search is possible for the entire Literature, Arts, and Medicine database as well as for specialized searches within each subsection (i.e. within the Literature, or Art or Film databases).
(Books with art works and literary pieces which reference art are also listed in the Arts database).
SITE ART DESIGN: Julio Garcia
For more information about the database, contact Dr. Aull at 212-263-5401. For technical assistance connecting to the database, contact Martin Nachbar, M.D., 212-263-2053.
Medicine, art and literature:
EDVARD MUNCH (1863 - 1944)
After studies in Norway, Edvard Munch spent several years in France and Germany. From his time in France his work was influenced by the Nabis and the Post-Impressionists, particularly Gauguin, van Gogh, and Toulouse-Lautrec. Simultaneously he developed a distinct 'private' symbolism, based on his own traumatic experiences.
In Berlin during the 1890s he executed a series of pictures called The Frieze of Life, described by himself as 'a poem of life, love and death'. The Scream from this series - with its strong expression of conflict and tension - has become the very symbol of the alienation of modern man. With his emphasis on mental anguish and his distortion of colours and form, Munch is regarded - together with van Gogh - as the main source of German Expressionism.
In 1908 Munch suffered a nervous breakdown, and the following year he returned to Norway where he spent the rest of his life. His palette became brighter and his motifs changed, but his art still reflects in a vigorous way the same existential problems of his earlier days, mirroring his own life into old age.
Edvard Munch, L¨¹beck 1902
Spirituality, Art and Healthn:An Art Gallery Presentation by Lynn Meckler
Leonardo da Vinci
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