Opinions and ideas of the present often build on foundations of knowledge from the past. Reacting and evolving, points of view also have a temporal quality. Moments of pause and elapsed time serve to create new reflections and different insights. Details gain significance and distant ideas become clearer on further inspection, thereby altering one's overall perspective.
For this week's issue, the cover features 1 of 2 different scenes, marking the debut of a new JAMA section, Viewpoints. The landscape of medicine and health care is never static. Much like a cityscape, it is always changing and moving—being deconstructed, reconstructed, and reinterpreted. Drawing inspiration from the rich tradition of architecture surrounding the JAMA offices in downtown Chicago, we present companion illustrations of 2 points of view in a canyon of buildings to emphasize the concept that complex issues require many vantage points to grasp their intricacies.
Burke AE, Lynm C. Viewpoints. JAMA. 2012;307(1):11. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.1917