"I use this marvelous portrait by Gilbert Garcin called ‘A Work in Progress.’ It is a big picture of his own face that has a piece missing. With the title Work in Progress, it’s not clear whether the image is a positive story of aging — laying brick on brick with experience, or whether it’s a kind of diminution. I think it is likely both. We are probably always in a state of assembling ourselves and being disassembled. I like to communicate to students that this doesn’t just happen in older age. Think about all of ways in youth that pieces of one’s personhood are being accumulated and lost. I think the arts, with their commitment to nuance, ambiguity and complexity are very good at beginning to texturize how we think about aging and other conditions of health and illness." http://ow.ly/KPfM305wfRx #arts #medicine #ageing #geriatrics #medicalstudent
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  • facesofhealthcare"I use this marvelous portrait by Gilbert Garcin called ‘A Work in Progress.’ It is a big picture of his own face that has a piece missing. With the title Work in Progress, it’s not clear whether the image is a positive story of aging — laying brick on brick with experience, or whether it’s a kind of diminution. I think it is likely both. We are probably always in a state of assembling ourselves and being disassembled. I like to communicate to students that this doesn’t just happen in older age. Think about all of ways in youth that pieces of one’s personhood are being accumulated and lost. I think the arts, with their commitment to nuance, ambiguity and complexity are very good at beginning to texturize how we think about aging and other conditions of health and illness." http://ow.ly/KPfM305wfRx #arts #medicine #ageing #geriatrics #medicalstudent

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