The covers of JAMA represent a wonderful tradition—fine art with an accompanying descriptive narrative. The “art of JAMA ” debuted nearly 50 years ago, and over the past two decades fine art has become the primary image on the cover. During the interview process and after I was named editor in chief, I was often asked and received a great deal of unsolicited advice about the covers. For me the question has always remained the same—how do you embrace a great tradition, but ensure that it evolves to meet contemporary needs?
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