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The Cover
July 1, 1998

A Cover Without Art

JAMA. 1998;280(1):5. doi:10.1001/jama.280.1.5

Contrary to what some readers may believe, most of the works of fine art that appear on the covers of The Journal of the American Medical Association are not intended to reflect the content of the particular issue. When one or another seems to do so it is usually because of some accident of timing or interpretation by especially astute or creative readers. That said, the exceptions may be noted. On occasion, especially for an issue dedicated to a single topic, such as this one is, the cover does relate to content. Of this latter group, a few—a handful perhaps out of the some 1500 works of fine art that have been reproduced over the past 30-odd years—have been repeated one or more times. For want of a better term, these might be called "signature covers," covers that through repetition call attention to and identify on sight the special topic of that issue. In the past these "dedicated" issues have concerned such perennial medical themes as nuclear war, gun violence, tobacco, and health care for the underserved.* The newest signature cover is this week's A Cover Without Art, first used on July 10, 1996. Like that issue, this one, too, is dedicated to the latest in HIV/AIDS research.