Heart in art: cardiovascular diseases in novels, films, and paintings

Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine 15 (1):2 (2020)
  Copy   BIBTEX


BackgroundUnderstanding representations of disease in various art genres provides insights into how patients and health care providers view the diseases. It can also be used to enhance patient care and stimulate patient self-management.MethodsThis paper reviews how cardiovascular diseases are represented in novels, films, and paintings: myocardial infarction, aneurysm, hypertension, stroke, heart transplantation, Marfan’s disease, congestive heart failure. Various search systems and definitions were used to help identify sources of representations of different cardiovascular diseases. The representations of the different diseases were considered separately. The Common Sense Model was used a theoretical model to outline illness perceptions and self-management in the various identified novels, films, and paintings.ResultsMyocardial infarction followed by stroke were the most frequently detailed diseases in all three art genres. This reflects their higher prevalence. Representations ranged from biomedical details through to social and psychological consequences of the diseases.ConclusionsArtistic representations of cardiovascular diseases reflect cognitions, emotions, and images of prevalent disease. These representations shape views and behaviour of ill and healthy persons regarding heart diseases. As these representations are amenable to change, they deserve further research, which may be instrumental in improving the quality of life of persons struck by cardiovascular diseases. Changing illness perceptions appears to be a method to improve self-management and thereby quality of life in patients with various cardiovascular diseases.



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 92,168

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Psychological risk factors in cardiovascular diseases.Josef Egger - 1986 - Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 7 (3).
Health and disease: what can medicine do for philosophy?J. G. Scadding - 1988 - Journal of Medical Ethics 14 (3):118-124.
Do health professionals have a prototype concept of disease? The answer is no.Bjørn Hofmann - 2017 - Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine 2017 12:1 12 (1):6.
Classification, Disease, and Evidence.P. Huneman (ed.) - 2014 - Dordrecht: Springer Science + Business.


Added to PP

38 (#421,430)

6 months
16 (#159,435)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Citations of this work

No citations found.

Add more citations

References found in this work

No references found.

Add more references