Maria Catarina de Cassia Quirino¹; Gabriel Henrique de Oliveira¹

Fausto Celso Trigo²

¹ Authors; students from the medical course at the State University of Londrina

²Mastermind; Teacher of the medical course at the State University of Londrina


During the development of humanity, knowledge was fragmented by the sciences at the current level, today, it failed to see any more relationship between them, becoming autonomous and absolute entities. This is what happens between medicine and art: historically, these areas were closely intertwined, so much so that it is possible to see the evolution of health sciences documented and based on art, but it is dissociated, it
labeled by common sense as knowledge that does not intersect.. With this, both the biography element and medicine and medicine are erased, as well as underestimate the immense therapeutic potential that an art has and which, even, it can reduce as great illnesses of society. Therefore, the lecture Med Art – history of medicine by the vision of the great masters is justified. Held on 09/27/2019, organized by the SCOME (medical education committee) of IFMSA Brazil UEL, in order to raise the awareness of medical students and other areas, as well as pre-university students who wish to enter medicine, that universities as sciences are very connected and together are a crucial tool for use in the community.

The event started with the participation of the first year medical student at UEL, Gabriel Oliveira, who explained the therapeutic potential of art, either by its influence on psychological well-being, on the improvement and comfort of the patient or by his support for cognitive development , considering that artistic stimuli are interpreted by the cerebral cortex that coordinates the individual’s various organic and behavioral functions. Then the professor of art history, Marco Antônio Mendonça gave an exhibition on how art narrates the historical development of medicine, since antiquity, when both medicine and art had a mythical-religious bias; going through renaissance and baroque, when the artist showed fascination with the human body, both in its perfections (renaissance) and in its imperfections (baroque); reaching the modern and contemporary, when art expressed the ills and diseases of humanity. 

MedArte managed to address the connection points between art and the history of medicine and bring an integrated view of knowledge. The event was publicized through social networks, such as facebook and instagram, whatsapp, through the University’s website, and the in-person disclosure was made in the Maxi course. Among the participants, there were mostly medical students, but there was also the participation of students from pre-university and other university courses, such as visual arts, economics and physical education. Demonstrating that there was an efficiency in the means of dissemination. The impact measurement questionnaire was sent by email to all participants in the event. Based on the responses, a general average was made, in which the participant answered about how satisfactory the event was, and we obtained the result of 9.8. Thus, we were able to conclude that the lecture managed to positively influence those who participated.


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