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Alan Blum

About the artist: 

Alan Blum is a Professor and Gerald Leon Wallace MD Endowed Chair in Family Medicine at the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Tuscaloosa. A self-taught artist, he has published three books of his sketches and stories of patients, and his artworks have appeared in more than a dozen medical journals and textbooks. He is a frequent guest speaker at medical schools in courses in the humanities.

About the artwork:

"Aw it's a long story with me. Spent all my money on my wife when she died. 2 years cancer. Wasn't able to do anything. Wasn't able to save her. Spent all my money. All the money I had I spent on her." Alan Blum recalls: "I vividly remember him, sitting on the edge of the bed at the hospital (when patients could stay there for weeks on end when they couldn't be sent home alone). He was blind, and he listened faithfully to the radio all day long waiting to hear his name so he could call in and win the jackpot."

Visuals editor:

Justin Sanders



# Dr Janelle Trees 2014-05-16 18:55
Love your work, Alan.
Hope he won the jackpot.
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