The Cover Section Editor: M. Therese Southgate,
MD, Senior Contributing Editor.
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.
Southgate MT. The Swimmer. JAMA. 2002;287(1):13. doi:10.1001/jama.287.1.13