«I explain why to practice humanistic medicine over scientific medicine»

Jesús Bastida (Pamplona, ​​1963), is a dermatologist with more than 30 years of experience who has included his artistic and philosophical vision of his profession in this book 'Ars Medica', the art of doctors. The reader will find "infinity of fictionalized anecdotes, but real," says the author. As a great fan of painting and drawing, many of the illustrations in the work have been made by him.

What does your book offer readers?

To my medical readers I would say that in my book it is argued in depth why we should exercise a humanistic medicine, above a scientific medicine which is the one that currently predominates in official medicine. I would say to the general public that we are all potential patients and in my book they can find the keys to better understand the health care they receive when they go to the doctor and the relationship they establish with him. You will also find countless fictionalized anecdotes, but real ones that I think make it very enjoyable and even fun. You will also find a multitude of annotated quotes from authors of all time, and even some illustrations made by myself. All this in clear and simple language, accessible to any average reader interested in this matter.

Precisely, as you said, many of the illustrations in this work have been made by yourself. The cover especially catches my attention.

Indeed, I am a great fan of drawing and original illustrations included in the book try to emphasize some ideas that can be better understood visually. The cover is not mine but from a local designer, @Cowson and I think it perfectly represents the duality of the doctor-patient relationship which is established in the office.

What prompted you to write this book?

The book summarizes my thinking on this subject, acquired over more than thirty laborious years of exercise and meditation. Recently I noticed that I was beginning to forget part of what I had thought over all that time and decided to put it in writing. And so this creation that I wrote in one fell swoop.

What are psychosomatic skin diseases for you?

When they come to the office, patients (and also doctors) present pathological features belonging to the two spheres of which we human beings are composed: signs belonging to the material sphere, and symptoms belonging to the spiritual sphere. Both worlds are intertwined with each other and are inseparable, decisively influencing each other: an alteration in the material sphere of the patient will cause changes in the spiritual sphere and vice versa. The patient with a psychosomatic disease of the skin or any other organ is the one in which the spiritual component predominates over the material, sometimes exclusively. Practicing medicine without taking this fact into account often leads to imperfect and unsatisfactory medical care, both for the patient and for the doctor.

"Patients, with my book, understand the health care of the doctor and the relationship with him"


Why is medicine an art?

In my book I refer exclusively to the medicine that is practiced in the office, with the patient in front and with confidentiality. In this scenario, it is necessary to take into account the body and soul of the patient, as I say. Physical illness must be faced with science, but spiritual illness and its symptoms must be treated through what I call shamanism, which is essentially an artistic activity. Given that all patients present these spiritual aspects that influence the material sphere and that are sometimes exclusive, I consider that the practice of medicine is predominantly artistic, although doctors must use science as the main tool to achieve our mission, since not to do so we would be falling into the purest charlatanism.

What has writing this book taught you?

"Spiritual illness and its symptoms must be treated by what I call shamanism"


It has taught me that it is laborious to write a work of these characteristics, but that it is very satisfying and recommendable since it summarizes the point of view of an experienced person who has worked in some activity for many years and can be interesting for many people. I have also learned that publishing and distributing a book is difficult, although in my case I have had the invaluable help of the Europa Ediciones publishing house, which I thank for its support. In this sense, I would encourage all people who have something to say to write and publish it, no matter by which publisher or in what form: once the book is published it is a creature with a life of its own and it will go its own way. Time will end up placing it in the right place that corresponds to it.


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