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Fasting: for body and spirit

Isabel Azevedo Porto, Portugal   St. Catherine of Siena was known for rigorous fasting and abstinence. Her fast was so severe at times that it was questioned by her sisterhood and the clergy, who insisted she eat properly. Having struggled with the obesity epidemic for decades,1,2 the scientific and health care communities are now giving […]

Between Frames: liminality and the emergence of self

Jane Persons Iowa City, Iowa, USA   Human hippocampus, 2X magnification, Luxol fast blue stain. Photo credit: Karra Jones, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Department of Pathology, Iowa City, Iowa, United States The development of compassion, along with wisdom, skill, and communication, is pivotally important to the practice of medicine.1 Perhaps even more importantly, development of […]

Rewiring the brain

Paul Rooprai Hamilton, Ontario, Canada   Approach as a Medical Illustrator The modern-day perception of mindfulness and meditation is inextricably linked to the mind, which is associated physically with the brain. The rendering of the brain at the top of the poster represents the biological processes that mindfulness promotes in the brain. The renditions of […]

Mindfulness in art: Robert Rauschenberg’s White Painting

Douglas Russell Los Angeles, California, USA   “An exhibition by artist Robert Rauschenberg at the Stable Gallery in New York, 1953.” Photo by Allan Grant/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images.   In September of 1953, the Stable Gallery in New York City hosted a landmark exhibit of work by a young Robert Rauschenberg (pictured above at the […]