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Understanding the life of illness: Learning through the art of Frida Kahlo.

Darbyshire, Philip PhD, MN

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Abstract

That nursing is an art as well as a science is in danger of becoming a cliche unless attempts are made to reverse the marginalization and exclusion of arts and humanities within nursing. An educational approach to promoting more esthetic and less instrumental thinking and understanding is described. This approach enables nuses to gain a deeper understanding of the lived experiences of suffering, chronic pain, miscarriage, and disability through engaging with the art of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo.

(C) 1994 Aspen Publishers, Inc.

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