Art, and beauty in general, has an uncanny ability to make us feel more human.  The more human we feel, the more sympathetic we feel towards others.

This is the thinking behind UCLA Medical School’s new edition to the curriculum: Art. According to USA Today, UCLA Medical School has instituted art exhibits throughout the year that depict patients experiencing various diseases, scars and all.

These paintings transport the medical students out of their purely rational and often unsympathetic mental states and offer a deeper insight into the patients’ emotional experiences. And, as you can imagine, such pathos is vital to patient comfort and recovery.

I look forward to such exhibits making their way eastward some day.

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