The Cover Section Editor: M. Therese Southgate,
MD, Senior Contributing Editor.
As its name implies, August is the grandest and the most majestic of
all the months of the year. It is also the loudest, louder even than July.
One has only to look about at its vegetation, at its displays of brilliant
color in its lush, overgrown gardens, and then recall in mind's eye the almost
sedate bouquets of July's fireworks. Moreover, August's flowers do not simply
flare for a brief moment before they arc and fade forever into the darkness.
Rather, they mature gradually throughout the summer until, in a final burst
of brilliance, they return to the roots whence they rose. When it is time
they will bloom again. August, it might be said, is summer's grand finale.
Southgate MT. Lily. JAMA. 2004;292(7):778. doi:10.1001/jama.292.7.778