On the surface, the disciplines of dermatology and art might not have much in common. For noted dermatologist John Wolf, the study of art has had a significant impact on how he diagnoses skin maladies. According to Wolf, chair of dermatology at Houston's Baylor College of Medicine, interpreting works of art has much in common with his clinical observations.
Wolf will share his insights on this topic during the 2014 Arts and Medicine Lecture at the University of Houston. The overarching theme of Wolf's talk is observation's crucial role in medicine and how the powers of observation can be strengthened through the study of art and literature. Sherlock Holmes stories are among the works inspiring Wolf's talk, particularly the fictional detective's statement from A Scandal in Bohemia — "You see, but you do not observe."
To reserve tickets, visit the Blaffer Art Museum's website. The lecture series is a collaborative effort between the Blaffer Art Museum, UH Honors College and Houston Methodist Hospital's Center for Performing Arts Medicine.