The Cover Section Editor: M. Therese Southgate,
MD, Senior Contributing Editor.
To those interested in the occult or in numerology, it must have seemed
a special augur, not only for the boy but for the century as well: Roberto
Antonio Sebastian Matta Echaurren (1911- ) was
born on the 11th day of the 11th month of the 11th year of the last century
of the second millennium. The year marked not only the birth of Chile's greatest
painter, however, but also the very threshold of modernism in his native land.
The year also marked the eve of a war that would convulse the world; its armistice
would be declared on Matta's seventh birthday, at its 11th hour.
Southgate MT. Je m'honte. JAMA. 2002;288(5):547. doi:10.1001/jama.288.5.547