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The Arts of Healing

M. J. Friedrich
JAMA. 1999;281(19):1779-1781. doi:10.1001/jama.281.19.1779.
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Manchester, England—Braving the drizzle of a chill English spring, more than 400 delegates from 26 countries gathered at the first World Symposium on Culture, Health, and the Arts held at Manchester Metropolitan University. Participants, who included physicians, researchers, artists, designers, policymakers, planners, and funders, attended presentations and workshops to learn how architecture and design, music, visual arts, theater and performance art, and poetry are being used to aid healing and improve well-being around the world.

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A garden "wandering path," seen from the internal safe wandering route, at Woodlands Nursing Home in Lambeth, London. (Photo credit: Penoyre & Prasad)

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Postsurgery patients in Sweden who looked consistently at a painting of calm water and trees made a more rapid recovery than those whose view showed abstract rectilinear forms, as at left.

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