Arts and Humanities in Health and Society

Outcome Driven, Skills-Based Programs
Integrating Arts, Humanities and Science

~ Stress & Illness ~
~ Resilience, Performance, Creativity ~
~ Art & Healing, Medical Humanities ~
~ Healthcare & Life Sciences ~
~ Social Economics ~




Shell SPiral Innate





Across the arc of history, the arts and the sciences have co-evolved.  Each influencing society and the economy.  As science excelled to  define and refine the world, artists explored the nature of the human condition. 


What if a new perspective of the dynamic between art and science provided tangible tools to:

  1. Improve business results
  2. Improve health outcomes and reduce health costs
  3. Guide medical science research
  4. Benefit Society


As the economy sags under the burden of 18% of GNP spent on healthcare, this question carries more urgency.


This initiative proposes a non-obvious, art/science solution to take an edge off this economic burden. This initiative integrates historical trends with real world needs to shift the fundamental determinants of the social economy.  These performance and efficiency solutions scale from:


  1. Personal performance and wellness
  2. Business effectiveness
  3. Healthcare industry efficiency
  4. Social economic


This initiative is built upon a next generation, medical humanities curriculum.  The  translational science tactic delivers existing medical and health related research to the  public - infused with engaging art and humanities content.    The artistic design and curriculum content builds upon a vast array of material, including,  art history, pop culture, bio-medical research, Integrated health principles.


 Doll 3th Good
    Credit: Matryoshka Nesting Doll, Anonymous  
The Dance of Art & Science
The arts and humanities approximate the human condition,
in ways that scientific measurement is challenged to accomplish.
Arts and Humanities Infused Anatomy and Physiology.




             1 OV Pendulation human face
Oxytocin Vasopressin Pendulation at Hypothalamus,
Lappin 2017
The Art of Resilience




7 Grinch small heart
How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Dr. Suess,1966
Rodan htinker
The Thinker, Auguste Rodin, 1902
   Super original 1934
Superman, 1934, Siegel and Shuster


Mind-Body Art


Between Medical Illustration and Popular Art

There is an artistic niche between popular art/humanities and medical illustration.  This  art form  expresses the qualitative and quantitative dynamic of  mind-body psycho-physiology.  This category of art could be referred to by many names: Life Force Art, Resilience Art, Mind-Body art.

This initiative proposes to organize, define and transform this artistic sector to improve its benefit to society.

This art conveys principles, mechanisms and skills of anatomy and physiology that, from the perspective of the social economy, are poorly identified, organized and distributed to the public. This art promotes health knowledge and behavior that prevents illness and promotes thriving.

However, this category of the Arts and Humanities is poorly identified and organized. Examples of these art forms are scattered across society and history.  Non-academic artists, social art, pop art, folk art and others where making references to real elements of anatomy and physiology, the real nature of the human condition,  that had not reached the formal academic system and woven in the medical sciences of the era.

More than simply curious and entertaining, this art hold the potential to engage, guide and motivate the viewer into experience and reflection, suggesting internal physiology skills.    The art serves a translational purpose, providing an educational environment for the viewer to learn about anatomy and physiology and turn this knowledge into personal  health knowledge and behavior.

Mind-Body Art’ is a broad, qualitative definition. It lacks technical and academic structure. In this definition, Mind-Body Art specifically represents the experience of the internal physiology of people in the context of their life situation.  It expresses the dynamic transformation of internal physiology and related somatic, sensory, motor, emotional and cognitive behavior.    It often conveys human resilience.

Historically, this art fills a gap in medical illustration and public health.  The artists are ahead of the scientists to fill this sensory, somatic, world-character-story, social economic need.

The current disciplines of medical illustration, art and healing, and medical humanities do not adequately address the magnitude of, and specific needs of the population.   Historically, popular culture has filled this need with art forms that convey the physiology of mind-body, resilience and internal physical states.  These include: love songs, valentine’s greeting cards, popular songs, cartoons, movies, literature, and more.

Evidence from popular culture suggest that this trend is accelerating.  Recent examples are the movie Inside Out by Pixar Animation Studios, and the short animated film Inner Workings, by Walt Disney Animation Studios.

Historically, trends since the early 1800’s in art, humanities, medicine and science suggest this nascent theme is maturing.

Components of my initiative include:
Art work
Corresponding Curriculum
Historical analysis of the coevolution of art and humanities  with scientific, medical and health principles
A social economic model that highlights artistic mechanisms in economic function and resilience, specifically relating to stress and illness.



Flammarian Engraving, 1888, Unknown
Camille Flammarion's L'atmosphère
Academic silos
Elevating Anatomy and Physiology.
Lappin 2010
Are Medical Humanities a Non-obvious Systems Solution?
The underlying anatomy and physiology of both the scientific method and of expressive art and humanities determine the external behavior and worldview of the individual, society and culture.  In the arc of medical education history, what if the disciplines of art and healing, and medical humanities provided a systemic world view that supported medical education to step into a new era?

"100 years ago, a series of studies about the education of health professionals, led by the 1910 Flexner report, sparked groundbreaking reforms.  …  By the beginning of the 21st century, however, all is not well.


A third generation is now needed that should be


"Systems Based" ...

  (Emphasis added)


Citation: Lancet 2010; 376: 1923–58: Health professionals for a new century: transforming education to strengthen health systems in an interdependent world.


Shell SPiral Innate 


Artistic Statement


This art expresses the inherent life force within each individual. Resident within the energetic, bio-physical, microbiology, signaling layer of anatomy and physiology, this raw, life force contributes to every function of the human body: from cellular mechanisms and visceral function , such as DNA replication, breath and digestion;  to the pulse of each human behavior, relationship, idea, achievement and dream.


This life force is the essence of our being and everything we do.


This art expresses my experience of life force during my recovering from a 40 year, disabling, complex medical condition, and now, from my experience as a professional massage practitioner supporting patients facing issues of stress and illness, as well as resilience in the face of life stress.


The aspiration is to  provide a sensory, visceral experience for the viewer of the internal dynamics of life force.  To offer a mirror for the viewer to reflect upon their own life fore.


This art approximates elements of basic science and anatomy and physiology, some of which is at the frontier of research and clinical practice.  In this regard, the art serves a translational purpose, providing an educational environment for the viewer to learn about anatomy and physiology and turn these insights into personal  health knowledge and behavior. Specifically directed towards resilience.

The viewer is invited as ask themselves – What brings me alive in the face of stress, challenge, illness.



Daniel Lappin, BA, CMP


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