JAMA is Redesigned, Art is Demoted

Beginning in 1964 the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) started publishing full color images of art on its cover accompanied by insightful essays. JAMA’s former editor, George Lundberg, wrote that this was part of an initiative to inform readers about...

Sketching on the Left Bank

In the summer of 1977 I traveled to Europe carrying a sketchpad. These were my last months of freedom before entering medical school, and I had doubts about whether I was making the right decision. My acceptance letter was hard-earned, but I rationalized the decision...

My Patient With The Tattoo

Mr. W. was brought to my office in a wheelchair by one of his daughters for a problem with his leg.  In his late eighties and ravaged by age, his skin was pale and swollen from anemia and congestive heart failure, and a gray beard was draped over his chest.  While...

Aging Inside Angola State Penitentiary

In November 2010 I photographed aging prisoners in Angola State Penitentiary in Louisiana.  After the GSA meeting in New Orleans I drove 150 miles through the wetlands, past Baton Rouge, then north up Highway 66.   The facility was surrounded by 12-foot razor-topped...

Pocket Guide to Pressure Ulcers: How I Took Those Photos

Many people have asked how I took the high quality photos of wounds in my recently published Pocket Guide to Pressure Ulcers.  I’ve been photographing pressure ulcers and other skin conditions in elderly persons since my geriatric fellowship in 1985.  The photos in...

A Taste of Ancient Peruvian Medicine

I just got back from a road trip through Peru, which was my first trip to South America. On the way I discovered riches in people and culture, but one of my most unexpected experiences was getting a taste of ancient Peruvian medicine. Until the advent of science and...