Jeffrey M. Levine MD | Geriatric Specialist | Wound Care | Pressure Ulcers - News on Dr. Levine's medical and consulting practice, and reflections on our healthcare system.

Category: Art & Medicine

The View From My Sketchbooks

This is the view from my sketchbooks and paintings done en plein aire.  They are a selection from the past 3 years as I wandered the roadsides looking for subjects. This is a view of the Triboro Bridge (now renamed the RFK Bridge) from Randall’s Island on the East River.  I biked out there to exercise both my body and my right brain.  In the middle of the …Read More

Music and Art on the Covers of The Gerontologist

A recent cover of The Gerontologist features a musician at the local Octoberfest, a yearly block party that celebrates the German immigrant heritage of my neighborhood in Manhattan that is now only a memory. TG is the flagship journal of the Gerontological Society of America, the nation’s oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education, and practice in the field of aging.  Looking back …Read More

Aging Veterans on the Covers of The Gerontologist

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 been veterans, with images that reflect their pride in serving our country.  I was recently asked to provide a …Read More

Sketching in Savannah, Georgia

I recently attended a medical conference in Savannah, Georgia, and my stay was supposed to be short, but a huge blizzard coming from the midwest cancelled thousands of flights including mine.  Good thing I brought my sketching supplies, because I was in this charming southern town for another two days! Here is the view from my hotel room: I spent a lot of time in a …Read More

The Meatpacking District Before the High Line

I moved into Manhattan in 1985 to continue my medical training, and in the early morning hours I explored the city with my camera. These are photos I took of the far West Side and the Meatpacking district before the place turned into an international tourist attraction. The photo above is the north end of what is now the High Line, on 30th Street. My camera …Read More

Upcoming Webinar on History of Pressure Ulcers & Wound Care

I am thrilled to announce that registration is now open for my webinar entitled History of Pressure Ulcers and Wound Care: Past, Present and Future, sponsored by the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP). This event takes place on November 19th at 1:00 PM EST, and coincides with World Wide Pressure Ulcer Prevention Day 2015. My discussion covers such topics as wound care in Ancient …Read More

Painting in Maine

This past summer I had the opportunity to continue my watercolor exploration in Maine. Part of my journey included a workshop sponsored by Coastal Maine Art Workshops with the master watercolorist, Alvero Castagnet. Alvero’s work is all over the internet and his ability to create drama with paint is simply amazing. During my weeks on this beautiful coastline I expanded my painting skills, trying to fulfill Alvero’s motto: “Capture …Read More

Recent Watercolors

This past winter and spring I’ve been continuing my exploration into the medium of watercolor, drawing inspiration from the bustle of the streets, parks, and people of New York City.  Every day, every minute brings a new tableau of light and interesting humanity.  The scene above is from the south-eastern corner of Central Park in the midst of the last snowstorm of the year. One …Read More

Jean Martin Charcot’s Lecture on Pressure Ulcers: An Important Historical Document

    Click here for a downloadable PDF of Charcot’s Lecture on Pressure Ulcers.  . Some years back while browsing in an antiquarian book sale I came across a translated collection of lectures by the great 19th century neurophysiologist, Jean Martin Charcot (1825-1893). Inside this book I was surprised to find diagrams of pressure ulcers that looked similar to those found in my own patients. I …Read More

Traveling with Winslow

My watercolor teacher Timothy J. Clark introduced me to the life and work of Winslow Homer – probably the greatest American artist of the 19th Century. Born in Boston on February 24, 1836, he was a completely self-taught artist. He began his career as an illustrator, producing work for Harper’s Weekly. His oil paintings of the Civil War and its aftermath established him as an important painter …Read More