“Wherever The Art Of Medicine Is Loved,
There Is Also A Love Of Humanity.”
Contemplation Before Surgery
Joe Wilder’s paintings are a rare record of what goes on in the operating room from the point of view of an inside of someone who has performed many operations and seen many operations performed.”
The relationship of the surgeon to his patient is intimate one-on-one the surgeon knows that he’s responsible for and to the patients, but also to the family, his colleagues and the hospital where he works.”
Looking in on the operation, the surgeon shows us in great detail what it looks and feels like the practice surgery.
This is what makes Joe Wilder’s surgery paintings so moving, they show that the surgeon is concerned and deeply involved in the physical fate of his patients.
Many aspects of surgery and the arts are inexorably linked together, and the use of artistic techniques or ideas to improve surgical practice is present throughout the history of medicine.
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