R101| The Art of JAMA| Shirin Nash


9:30 - 11:00 a.m.


6/8, 6/15, 6/22, 6/29

Four Sessions

JAMA is the Journal of the American Medical Association and publishes scientific articles, reviews and medical data. From 1964 to 2013, the Journal published images of art work linking the humanities to medicine. This course will review these images in four sessions.

  • Session 1: Introduction to JAMA and the editor Dr. Terry Southgate and some of her favorite images.
  • Session 2: Images specifically related to Medicine.
  • Session 3: Images by Women Artists.
  • Session 4: Art, Artists and Disease.

Each session will show and describe images and the artist and the circumstances in which the images were made. Other details of medical advances over these years will also be presented.

Shirin Nash is a retired pathologist and currently co-chair of the Science Committee. She also serves on the OLLI at BCC Board and Curriculum Committee. She earned her medical degree in Bombay, India, and trained as a pathologist in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She subsequently completed a clinical and research fellowship in Gastrointestinal and Hepatic Pathology at the Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA. Dr. Nash was the Founding Director of the Pathology Residency Training Program at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA and later a founding partner of a pathology private practice at Mercy Medical Center, also in Springfield, MA. In her later years in practice she served part-time as Community Outreach Coordinator and Physician Liaison for Community Health and Well Being and developed cancer prevention and cancer screening programs as well as educational programs for high students in smoking prevention, lung cancer and obesity. She has been on multiple hospital and board committees and currently serves on the Board at Mercy Medical Center/Trinity Health of New England, in Springfield, MA.

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