This video presentation was delivered in March 2023 in the Winter Talk series sponsored by NYC Urban Sketchers, hosted by Mark Leibowitz. Here I discuss how I have integrated medicine with art, and art with medicine, in the course of my career as a medical doctor in Manhattan.
I’ve had many people inspire me in my pursuit of both medicine and art, including Andreas Vesalius, Anton Chekhov, AJ Cronin, and Frank Netter. I would like to quote one of the doctors who inspired me. His name is William Carlos Williams, who was a practicing physician and a giant in the 20th century world of poetry. He wrote his poems on prescription pads between patients who came to his office in Rutherford, New Jersey. Late in his life as he looked back on his career, he said this:
“When they ask me, as of late they frequently do, how I have for so many years continued an equal interest in medicine and the poem, I reply that they amount for me to nearly the same thing.”
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