n South African Medical Journal - Medicine and the humanities - doctors as artists




While only some can claim to be physician/artists, like neurosurgeon Roger Melvill whose paintings featured frequently on the covers of CME, we can surely all claim to be physician/connoisseurs of the arts. This piece is sparked by the art of Dorothy Kay, an acclaimed portrait painter, whose paintings of surgeons and anaesthetists at work in Port Elizabeth in the late 1930s we feature in this edition. There is a growing trend towards integrating the arts into medical education with the aim of promoting creative and scholarly work at the intersections between the arts, humanities and medicine.


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