A Geriatrician Reviews Cicero’s “On Old Age”

As a geriatrician entering the twilight of my career, I look to the philosophers of my field for guidance on how to navigate my own later years. In addition to contemporary texts and journals I turned toward the ancients and discovered a gem in the writings of Cicero,...

Combining Art and Medicine

I love the look and feel of old medical textbooks.  Their authorative aura was often enhanced by leather binding. They harken back to a time before the internet, when medical knowledge was priveliged information available to only a few. When I transformed this old...

An Abandoned Psychiatric Hospital in Tuscany

Tuscany is an enchanting place filled with scenic beauty, but beneath the surface there is dark history. On a recent painting trip to Italy I had the opportunity to tour an abandoned psychiatric hospital in the town of Volterra. In the late 19th Century when it was...

Jean Martin Charcot: Urban Sketcher

I have always been interested in physicians who incorporated art into their life and practice, and one of them was Jean Martin Charcot.   A towering figure in the medical world of the 19th Century, Charcot was born in 1825 and finished medical school at age 23.  He...

Speaking of Art and Aging at MOMA

It was my pleasure and honor to speak today at the Museum of Modern Art in a lecture entitled “Picturing Aging: The View From a Geriatrician.”  The talk presented my portfolio of images of aging, and discussed the relationship between art and growing old.  It was...