In this issue of the Neuroendocrinology Letters we would like to invite you for a journey introducing you to several symbolic images of art, spirituality and literature.
We would like to begin with the illustration to the Review Article on Pheromones Integrating Human Ethology and Human Ethology by recipients of the Zdenek Klein Award for Human Ethology 2001; colleagues mostly from the Ludwig-Bolzman-Institute for Urban Ethology in Vienna.
Tango is urbanly urbane: At the same time, the picture of the couple of dancing tango is symbolizing tango as a typical dance for the urban environment; having its origin in the big cities around Rio de la Plata: Buenos Aires and Montevideo. Tango is an urban music; a music of a city, in contrast to music of the countryside. Tango carries with it the odors, the sounds and the human destinies from the urban environment (Frederico Garcia Vigil, Director of the Montevideo Philharmonic Orchestra). At the same time, tango is the way of living, of feeling and of understanding human existence and the whole world with passion. It is a dance where a couple is embracing each other with their odors, personal chemistry, and body language, gestures etc. Tango is a ritual which tells their life stories (Horatio Ferrer).
Telling the stories of life: It is already a tradition in the "new" Neuroendocrinology Letters, to integrate science with art, philosophy, history, literature, poetry, spirituality in one single context of life's continuity with all its indivisible parts and symbols. This kind of philosophy is very much missing in contemporary education and every-day-life.
Humanizing Medicine: Professor Marek Pawlikowski is Director of the Institute of Endocrinology at the Medical University of Lodz, Poland. He is a distinguished member of our Editorial Board. On a regular basis, he authors highly scientific contributions to the Neuroendocrinology Letters. Excitingly, he is a creative member of the Polish Society of Physician-Writers. He has pointed out the significance of literature (Les belles-lettres) in the education and in the curriculum of medical faculties, in order to make the medicine of today and tomorrow more human and more comprehensive.
In this issue, we are presenting four small pieces of poetry by Marek Pawlikowski in French all of them symbolizing the destiny of the human being in its continuum, and the need for spirituality and values forgotten in our language.
In the next issue of the Neuroendocrinology Letters, we will have two articles by Marek Pawlikowski, about this topic and about the dehumanization of medicine.
The Shield of Torah found in the Jewish Museum in Prague symbolizes protection and guardianship of basic human values. These include the spirituality and wisdom, language and cultural indivisibility forming the spiritual basis of Jewish religion as one of the foundation stones of European culture. Radiating this concept, The Shield of Torah, is a symbol of the guardian; of a shelter to the eternal values of human culture and civilization.
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