Some artists attempted to record ailments with scientific accuracy, whereas others were more concerned with artistic expression than medical precision. Dr. Thaler will explore how neurological disorders were understood (or misunderstood) over the centuries and across the western world. Whether a relief sculpture of an ancient Egyptian priest, or an iconic fresco by Michelangelo, or letters written by President John Adams, each piece illustrates a different disorder and brings to life one aspect of the history of neurology.
From ancient Egypt to the present day, neurological disorders have played a role throughout the history of art. Directly or indirectly, neuropathology has been captured in paint and stone, and visualized in books and photographs. Certain artists depicted the effects of neurological disorders directly, while for others, their own neurological conditions impacted the art they produced. Dr. David E. Thaler will speak about the ways brain disorders have been viewed and named over the centuries.
David E. Thaler, M.D., Ph.D. is Neurologist-in-Chief and Chairman and Professor, Department of Neurology at Tufts University School of Medicine.