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ERIC Number: EJ863472
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-0742-1656
The Heartlift Operation
Rosen, Alan
Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, v26 n3 p130-134 2009
This article is a reprint of the viewpoint which originally appeared in 2004 (volume 21(3), 163-167). It is a memoir of a horrific experience, expressed through drawings. The author takes the readers with him on his very personal frightening journey of quintuple bypass surgery. He not only tells the readers, he shows them how making art became a sort of meditation or reflection so that he felt more curious about this new experience rather than feeling he was suffering through it. This article is one of the clearest articulations of how art can help one heal from trauma, and surprisingly, it is humorous as well. (Contains 8 figures and 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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