Can Artists Teach Doctors to Think Outside the Box?

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

If you want to get your work displayed next to Salvador Dali's, you need artistic talent, and the following materials:

  • Orange traffic cone (used)

  • Can of black spray paint

  • Stencil of a rat 

Few would consider these to be the materials of an influential artist, unless the artist is Banksy. If you're not familiar with Banksy, the anonymous artist is known for their unconventional displays: graffiti, a documentarytheme park, even a hotel in Bethlehem.

Banksy's work is highly controversial, satirical, and really begs the question, "what is art?" That's the point. Critics criticize, but the impact is undeniable. It's true, Banksy's work is nothing like Rembrandt's. Banksy's traffic cone in this photo is displayed in the Moco Museum. The Rijksmuseum, which houses some of Rembrandt's most famous works is in the background. The world has changed, and so have the expressions of art. The same is true for the practice of medicine.  

Some criticize doctors who don't use drugs, or surgery. Some know the mediums of canvas and marble aren't the only ways to inspire, and provoke meaningful thought. We're living in a different kind of time, and we need doctors who think differently.

Traffic Cone by Banksy, displayed in the Moco Museum in Amsterdam. The Rijksmuseum, displaying more "traditional" art is in the background. Both are wonderful!

Traffic Cone by Banksy, displayed in the Moco Museum in Amsterdam. The Rijksmuseum, displaying more "traditional" art is in the background. Both are wonderful!