Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

Out of the mouths of moms

Alan Blum
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, United States


For family physicians, even a routine well-baby check-up can be a heart-warming experience. Not only do we hear about the infant’s progress and catch up on things at home, but we also savor the unguarded moments such as those I tried to capture in these sketches.

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Lady with bandana feeding baby Woman bent over baby who is looking at her
Sparse sketch of woman and child Woman breastfeeding child
Woman and child with curly hair Woman with hair up in hat holding child



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. A self-taught artist, he has had invited solo exhibitions at several universities, libraries, medical schools, and hospitals, and his work has appeared in numerous publications. He has produced three artbooks of sketches and stories. View his work at https://sketchiestdetails.com/.


Summer 2022  |  Sections  |  Gallery

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