As an undergraduate ‘pre-med’ student at Brandeis University, my major was molecular biology. I completed my senior thesis with a brilliant professor named Mike Rosbash who taught my genetics class. After graduation, I stayed in his lab, taking a year off doing experiments while applying to
I’ve gotten into the habit of carrying my sketch tools in the NYC Subway, where there is no more interesting place to see the ebb and flow of humanity. You need to sketch quick as people are constantly moving around and blocking your view. Join me
The New York City subway is not the place you’d expect poety, but I try to capture it in my art. I carry my sketchbooks every day down under the streets as I commute back and forth to work. My on-the-spot sketches are done in pencil,
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
Last May I spent time in Rome and Tuscany, eating wonderful food, drinking wine, and sketching the city and countryside where opportunities to make and view art abound. These are my choices of the best images from my trip. Take the stairs down to the banks
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
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.
New Year’s Day was a rare opportunity to participate in the opening of a new subway station. The Q line now starts at 96th Street and stops at 86th Street and 72nd – all new stations – before heading toward Coney Island. After years of construction
Looking back at my published work on the covers of The Gerontologist, two underlying themes are diversity and strength in old age. Any student of aging knows that the older population is more diverse than ever, with differences expressed in color, culture, identity, social standing, educational
I always had a soft spot for veterans, as my father saw action in the Pacific Theater and I grew up with his war mementos stashed in a corner of my basement. A theme in the photos I’ve taken for covers on The Gerontologist has therefore
Dr. Jeffrey M. Levine has authored numerous articles on topics related to healthcare of the elderly. These include medical history, prevention and treatment of chronic wounds such as pressure ulcers, elder neglect and abuse, and physical restraints. He has also edited a book on legal and regulatory aspects of nursing homes.