Canada: Doctors to start prescribing museum visits

Canada: Doctors to start prescribing museum visits
Cattle assemble at the waterfront for their historic trek. That's USS Midway (CV-41, decomm), now a floating museum in the harbor. (Image: Screen grab of SD U-T video)

[Ed. – Sounds just crazy enough to work, although it probably won’t help with, say, appendicitis, pancreatic cancer, or multiple sclerosis.  The docs might consider other types of museums as well.  Some patients may prefer baseball or philately.]

A group of Canadian doctors are to begin prescribing trips to an art gallery to help patients suffering a range of ailments become a picture of health.

A partnership between the Francophone Association of Doctors in Canada (MFdC) and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) will allow patients suffering from a number of physical and mental health issues, along with their loved ones, to take in the benefits of art on health with free visits.

The pilot project is unprecedented globally, according to its organizer.

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The project will see participating physicians prescribe up to 50 visits to the MMFA during treatment, each pass valid for up to two adults and two minors.

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