Memphis—Art of Science Exhibit
February 22 @ 8:00 am - April 18 @ 5:00 pm
The Diagram of Healthcare Hell from the The End of Healing: A Journey through the Underworld of American Medicine by Jim Bailey will be part of the Art of Science Exhibit on view in Rust Hall at Memphis College of Art (located in Overton Park, Memphis). This is the 5th installment of The Art of Science, an annual exhibition showcasing the beauty of science and the power of art, presented by LeBonheur Childrens Research Hospital and Memphis College of Art.Each year, scientific imagery provided by working research scientists & physicians at LeBonheur Childrens Research Hospital is reinterpreted by local area fine artists. The Art of Science project, led by Dr. Heather Smallwood, culminates in a gallery show exhibiting the original scientific images with explanations of their significance, alongside the artistic representations. This project connects members of the city’s science and art communities, and serves as an educational art experience that is open and free to the public.
Please mark your calendar and plan to attend the exhibit reception on the evening of March 3, 2018 from 6-8 PM. A companion piece by noted artist Nysha Oren Nelson that was inspired by the diagram will be hung next adjacent to a high resolution print on aluminum of the illustration from The End of Healing. At the reception both Jim and Nysha will be available to discuss their work with the public.
The Diagram of Healthcare Hell plays a central role in The End of Healing. The novel’s young physician-protagonist, Dr. Don Newman, discovers that Dante’s Inferno provides a perfect ethical framework for understanding the unjust misallocation of resources in American healthcare. Inspired by Botticelli’s magnificent map of the Inferno from the late 1400s and informed by his own study of epidemiology, biostatistics, and health economics, Dr. Newman draws this diagram in the back of his journal to detail the money spent, lives saved, and lives lost in each sector of the healthcare industry. For every type of ethical or moral mistake that humans can make Dr. Newman finds a corollary mistake in healthcare. Where we spend the fewest dollars—on primary and preventive care—we get the most in terms of lives saved. But where we spend the most—on hospital rescue care and hyped care—we get little to nothing in terms of lives saved and a shocking number of lives lost. Dr. Don Newman discovers that—from the perspective of basic human values—U.S. allocation of healthcare resources is completely upside down. The illustration was designed by Dr. Bailey and executed by artist Joel Hilgenberg with the assistance of Kim Coleman.
- February 22 @ 8:00 am
- April 18 @ 5:00 pm
- Event Category:
- Lectures & Discussions
- Event Tags:
- Affordable Care, Botticelli, Dante, Diagram, End of Healing, ethics, Fiction, healing, health, healthcare, Healthcare Hell, hero, Inferno, journey, medical ethics, medical humanism, novel, Popular Fiction, quest, story, The End of Healing [book]