Margaret A.WinkerMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor
To the Editor.—Having enjoyed Dr Southgate's
discussions of the various JAMA covers, I found her analysis of the painting
by Henri Gervex1 and the comparison with
the works of Thomas Eakins especially intriguing. Southgate mentions that
in the works of Eakins "all eyes are nevertheless on the patient," whereas
in the painting by Gervex, "on the other hand, all eyes are on the surgeon."
I would submit that the illustration shows an exception—the gentleman
seated on the patient's left side. This person appears to be intently observing
the young lady, even holding her right wrist, perhaps checking the pulse.
The object in his right hand might be a gauze pad used in the administration
of an anesthetic vapor.
Parker LA. Interpreting Art and Poetry in JAMA: In the Eye of the Beholder. JAMA. 1998;279(1):19-20. doi:10.1001/jama.279.1.17