About the artist:
Alan Blum is a professor and Gerald Leon Wallace MD Endowed Chair in family medicine at the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Tuscaloosa. A self-taught artist, he has published three books of his sketches and stories of patients, and his artworks have appeared in more than a dozen medical journals and textbooks. Many of his sketches have appeared in Pulse. He is a frequent guest speaker at medical schools in courses in the humanities.
About the artwork:
"This was in a small room at a children's hospital over twenty-five years ago. As with nearly all of my sketches, I made it on the spur of the moment--struck by the young patient, his mother and his grandmother huddled in silence, caring for one another. It's my only drawing of three generations."