Seeing Patients: The Sketchiest Details
Editor's Note: This week Pulse is once again pleased to present sketches by Alan Blum, a family physician who's been capturing his patients on paper, with grace and affection, for decades. These quick portraits are taken from a collection entitled Seeing Patients: The Sketchiest Details.
About the author:
Alan Blum is a professor and Gerald Leon Wallace MD endowed chair in family medicine at the University of Alabama School of Medicine, Tuscaloosa, where he also directs the Center for the Study of Tobacco and Society. In 1977 he co-founded Doctors Ought to Care, an international physicians' organization that influenced the American Academy of Family Physicians and other health groups to become active in countering the tobacco pandemic. For his efforts, he received the Surgeon General's Medallion and in 2006 received an honorary doctor of science degree from his alma mater, Amherst College.
Alan Blum's sketches and stories have been published in Pulse, Literature and Medicine, The Pharos, JAMA, Hippocrates, Emory Medicine and The Color Atlas of Family Medicine. He is frequently asked to speak in medical humanities courses and at conferences.