Martha Peaslee Levine

Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Dr. Levine is an associate professor of Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Humanities at the Penn State College of Medicine. She teaches Humanities to students through all 4 years of their medical training and encourages them to consider how we perceive others and how this can affect the doctor-patient relationship. Through her work within the field of eating disorders, she often tackles the way women are viewed and the challenging expectations that they struggle against. She also recognizes the importance that interpersonal relationships can have on individuals as they struggle with their illnesses or garner supports to fuel their recoveries. Previously her interests have led her to function as an editor for two different books dealing with Beauty. Yet, in this world, interpersonal relationships are often what can add beauty to our lives or can add pain if they turn ugly. Dr. Levine welcomes proposals on all topics that intersect with the theme of Interpersonal Relationships. By learning more about our relationships, we can learn more about ourselves.

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The authors in this book ask us to consider whether the perception of beauty has been defined by our genetics and culture over the years - has it grown and changed? Do certain neural connections define our emotional reactions to beauty? Does beauty follow any rules or laws? Can the aspiration toward beauty be detrimental? Can we divorce ourselves from dictates and sink into a mindful connection with our internal beauty? Can we move from the superficial where "beauty is only skin deep" to an intense appreciation of beauty in all of its variations. The Perception of Beauty will lead to a deeper understanding and contemplation of nature, art, and the world around us.

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