Art has been used over the centuries to help people accept a medical condition they cannot change or to provide a spiritual lift during difficult times. But, increasingly, the arts are being used in a scientifically ordered manner to improve health in specific ways. Studies have shown that arts therapy can reduce pain, improve the health of pre-term babies, decrease the severity of headaches, and improve speech of people who've had strokes. This program from The Doctor Is In profiles several examples, including a dance that evolved out of dealing with AIDS, murals in a children's cancer clinic, a physician who is also a professional clown, music therapy for autistic children, and a woman with manic-depressive illness who uses painting as therapy. A Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center production.
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