Arts & Aging Across America

July 19th, 2012

I got to attend a very interesting webinar today by Dr. Jeffrey Levine (www.jeffreylevinemd.com).  Dr. Levine is an attending physician with the Faculty Practice program at Beth Israel Medical Center in Manhattan, and his specialty is Geriatrics.  He is also a renowned photographer whose pictures of the aging population and elders throughout the world have been displayed and published in many magazines and galleries.  His webinar today explored a historical perspective of doctors who were also artists, including Andreas Vesalius, William Carlos Williams, Frank Netter and Anton Chekhov. Chekhov was often asked why he would choose both arts (literary) and medicine as a dual career.  His reply:  “Medicine is my lawful wife and literature my mistress; when I get tired of one, I spend the night with the other.”   I also liked his quote: “The role of the artist is to ask questions, not answer them.”

Dr. Levine’s webinar both asked and answered questions, as he transitioned smoothly between his roles as artist and physician.  Once you visit his blog, see his photos and read his stories, you will definitely want to be on the lookout for his traveling exhibit, Aging Across America, which will be shown in several teaching hospitals across the country.  The exhibit is being presented by the Society for the Arts in Healthcare, who also hosted today’s webinar.

Meanwhile check out The Corpus Callosum, Buddha’s Enlightenment, and the Neurologic Basis for Creativity

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