The Cover Section Editor: M. Therese Southgate, MD, Senior Contributing Editor.
He was in many ways the enfant terrible of his generation: witty, energetic, often eccentric in his public behavior, a master of the barbed bon mot, a connoisseur of the snub. When the Paris Salon ignored his submissions for some 15 years, he in turn refused to submit anything for another decade. He was the French sculptor Auguste Préault (1809-1879), today little known, but then in everyone's vocabulary, if not always for his work, then certainly for his at times outrageous behavior.
Southgate MT. Le silence. JAMA. 2007;297(5):442. doi:10.1001/jama.297.5.442