This exhibit features the collaborative work of two colleagues
begun in dialogue at The College of Physicians of Philadelphia,
Section on Medicine and the Arts. Artist Mary Anne Bartley created
the paintings and graphics of the exhibit, and wrote the descriptive
text. Poet Emanuel E. Garcia, MD, created the poetry, sometimes
responding to Bartley's work and sometimes provoking new creations
on her part in response to his poems.
First mounted at Villanova University, the exhibit was displayed
at Thomas Jefferson University in the fall of 2004, before traveling
to other sites. Ms. Bartley's special connection with Jefferson
adds layers of meaning for Jefferson viewers.
have long been viewed as powerful healers on the treacherous battlefield
of life. Their image -- entrusted with the care of others and often
mantled in the cloak of the divine -- evolves with science and the
art of medicine itself. Physicians are armed with incredible powers
to heal, yet the complex relationships between patients, insurance
and care providers have lagged far behind.
is the enemy and stress is the mantra of our time.
others evokes powerful emotions and effective therapy can assume
many forms, medical and non-medical alike. Music has been shown
to trigger the release of endorphins, the body's natural pain killers.
A beautiful painting, a favorite song, a poem, or a good laugh can
do the same. Art helps meet the needs of the whole person, not just
the body. If we use the combined abilities of the mind and spirit
as well as the body, we can heal faster and more completely.
Art is the
pathway to this objective. Art establishes the basic human truths
that are the key to the concept of ourselves. Art is the intersection
of the holistic trinity of mind, body and spirit.
the image of a physician is rooted in the medical school experience,
it is important to begin here.
--Mary Anne Bartley