PRISE DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER SERIES: Shah Khoshbin

Date: 

Tuesday, August 2, 2016, 7:30pm

Location: 

Location TBA

In his lifetime, Van Gogh (1853-1890) created more than 2,000 paintings and drawings and was a prolific letter writer with missives going at least six pages or longer. According to Professor Khoshbin, the artist’s extraordinary productivity typifies hypergraphia (extensive or compulsive writing or production of other graphic materials). Khoshbin asserts that Van Gogh suffered from temporal lobe epilepsy and a personality disorder associated with it, dubbed the Geschwind syndrome, of which hypergraphia is a defining trait.  Professor Khoshbin graduated from American University in Beirut and Johns Hopkins Medical School and trained in pediatrics, neurology, and neurophysiology at Children’s Hospital, the Harvard Longwood program, and Peter Bent Brigham Hospital. He is the former director of the Neurology Core Clerkship and Advanced Study in Clinical Neurology at Brigham & Women’s Hospital. Since 1976, he has been a tutor and chair of the Premedical Advisory Committee, Currier House, and recently with his wife Laura served as interim co-Masters there. Professor Khoshbin has won numerous teaching awards and was twice the recipient of both the Class Day Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching and the Faculty Prize for Excellence in Teaching.