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The Cover
January 2, 2002

The Swimmer

Author Affiliations

The Cover Section Editor: M. Therese Southgate, MD, Senior Contributing Editor.

JAMA. 2002;287(1):13. doi:10.1001/jama.287.1.13

From its first appearance on the walls of prehistoric caves to the tomb figures of Chinese emperors, as well as to the equestrian bronzes in modern city squares, the figure of the horse has been one of the most powerful symbols of the visual and literary arts. What words cannot say, images do. The horse features in work, in war, in mythology and history, even sometimes in the mystical. Alexander had his Bucephalus, Perseus his Pegasus, Peter Shaffer his Equus. Day and night, and even love, depend on the horse. White horses draw the dawn across the sky, black horses the night. Cupid's chariot was drawn by four white horses, Pluto's by three black horses.

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