Tuscaloosa, Alabama, United States
During my internship, residency, and fellowship in the late 1970s, I kept a visual journal, filling several notebooks with patients’ stories, clinical vignettes, snippets of overheard conversations, and sketches. The two collages in this gallery, drawn in my usual medium of black ballpoint pen on small index cards, depict patients I visited at bedside on individual morning rounds. Every face recalls a detail of personality, a conversation, an illness. I sought to capture fleeting patient expressions within the often frightening and isolating worlds of hospitals and clinics.
ALAN BLUM, MD, is professor and endowed chair in family medicine at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. 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/.