The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, United States (Winter 2012)
Excerpted from the pages of Dr. Blum’s Gentle Men, the following images share intimate patient expression and snippets of dialogue—allowing the reader a glimpse into the intimacy of the doctor-patient relationship.
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ALAN BLUM, MD, is Professor and Endowed Chair in Family Medicine at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, where he founded and directs the Center for the Study of Tobacco and Society. His sketches and stories of patients have appeared in numerous publications including The Color Atlas of Family Medicine, The Pharos, Pulse, Literature and Medicine, and the Journal of the American Medical Association. A self-taught artist, he has had solo exhibitions at the Kentuck Museum and Gallery, Houston Community College, the University of Texas Health Sciences Center, the Texas Medical Center Library, and several medical schools and hospitals. Dr. Blum has been invited to share his stories and sketches at dozens of conferences, courses in the medical humanities, and medical school and residency graduations. Gentle Men (Kershaw, SC: Firebrand Press) is a companion volume to Ladies in Waiting (Gordo, AL: Paper Souvenir), both available from Vamp & Tramp. His first book, SeeingPatients: The Sketchiest Details can be purchased by contacting Dr. Blum.