Performing Medicine Director Suzy Willson is in conversation with Debbie Malina in this month’s Dancing Times, discussing the beginnings, growth and impact of the Performing Medicine programme.
Suzy says, “The difference between dancers and performers and medical students is that the former gain much of their knowledge about anatomy through the experience of working with their own bodies. Medical students look through microscopes, at dissections and diagrams and by examining patients. The more knowledge and understanding we have about our own bodies in terms of how the function and change, relate to others and the environment, the better. It is about showing alternative ways of thinking and seeing human anatomy in a different context, outside the usual professional environments where such things are discussed, whether that is the rehearsal room or anatomy theatre.”