Edited by M. Therese Southgate, MD, Senior Contributing Editor.
The therapeutic quality of a physician's hands has been espoused since
Hippocrates. In his lithograph Family Doctor
(cover), Grant Wood (1891-1942) juxtaposes this ancient symbol of healing with instruments
of modern medicine. The watch registers at 3 o'clock, suggesting possibly
an early-morning call. The hands are those of Wood's personal physician, Andrew
William Bennett, MD, an Iowa City, Iowa, general practitioner. Wood's careful
attention to the decorative details of the doctor's tie and the grain of the
wood on the table top serves only to increase the eloquence of the hands.
Loftus LS. Family Doctor. JAMA. 1998;280(9):764. doi:10.1001/jama.280.9.764