Arts and Scalpels: Exploring the Role of Art in Surgery

      The intersection of art and surgery is considerable, overlapping in technique, inspiration, and evolution. The surgical field is one that erupts with color, creativity, and intrinsic art. It’s true essence lies far from the algorithmic strait-laced perception that non-surgeons may unfortunately bestow upon it. It’s artistic foundations root in originality, critical thinking, and ingenuity from both innate and acquired sources; there is art in surgery and art of surgery. Two distinct yet inextricable entities that can enable a cumulative masterpiece of sorts. What surgeon has not said, heard, or thought: ‘what beautiful technique,’ ‘what a graceful approach,’ ‘will you look at those planes!’? Art in surgery can be all-encompassing; if looked for, it is ubiquitous… For the art of and in surgery exists within the body, within the operating room, and within the profession -- through music, literature, and visual arts.
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