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Neuroendocrinology Letters incl. Psychoneuroimmunology & Chronobiology

NeuroendocrinologyİLetters incl. Psychoneuroimmunology and Chronobiology, Editorial.
ISSNİ0172ñ780X Copyrightİ©İ2001 NeuroendocrinologyİLetters

NELVol. 22 No. 4
From the Art Director's Desk

2001; 22:217
pii: NEL220401E02

‘The Humanities and the Sciences have their particular roles in the practice of medicine.
The notion of evidence-based art is as absurd as an Impressionist School of Science’

‘Science and Art are indivisible as is the unity of human functions representing body and mind.
It is the feeling of beauty which I want to convey the beauty of living, the beauty of working, the beauty of senses, the emotional beauties of everyday life’ [2]
In this issue we have chosen the paper by Frans Veldman because of its humanistic touch, which corresponds with the spirit of our Journal, The Neuroendocrinology Letters.
‘Vision, love, magic and realization of our dreams are some of the main themes of the artistic part of the Neuroendocrinology Letters’ [3]
‘Haptonomy the Science of Affectivity – comes within the field of the Life Sciences which deal with research relative to emotional and affective human life, particularly in all that concerns communication, interaction, relationships and affective human contacts.’ [4]
‘In this world of effectivity where rationalization and intellectualization repress affectivity… the influences on he human psyche are not taken in account, nor are the consequences of the accomplished actions’ [4]

Veldman is citing professor B. Glorion, in his editorial of the Bulletin of the French Conseil National de l’Ordre des Médecins, in March 1993: ‘Doctors should have a thorough knowledge of two languages, that of science and technique and that of the heart and soul.’
We could add to this dictum ‘language of the science’ and ‘the language of the art’, the two inseparable basic needs of human being throughout her/his life.

Citing the late Sir Yehudi Menuhin, ‘the creative act is the common bond between science and art as well as in every single sign and expression of life’.
And as Marc Chagall said: ‘The visible is not the only truth, nor is it the whole truth; the invisible must be penetrated with the aid of the visible.’
Haptonomy has a central principle of the incontestable and primordial right of a human being to the affirmation of his existence and to the affective co nfirmation of his being, right from the moment of conception.

The human life is a series of encounters.
‘All true life lies in encounter…’
(Martin Buber).

Lili Maas
Art & Advertising Director


1 Michael Baum. Evidence-based art? J R Soc Med 2001; 94:306-307.
2 Lili Maas. Encountering the Neuroendocrinology Letters. Neuroendocrinol Lett 1999; 20:6
3 Lili Maas. From the Art Directorís Desk. Neuroendocrinol Lett 1999; 20:137.
4 Frans Veldman. Confirming Affectivity, the Dawn of Human Life. Int J Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Medicine 1994; 6:11-26.

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