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July 31, 1967

The Humble Hut

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Winnimani, Canada

JAMA. 1967;201(5):334. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130050068039

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To the Editor:—  Your color covers are clever conundrums. I often try to guess their meaning or relevance to the contents of The Journal before I consult the accompanying legends. My guessing score—never too high—has been dragged down, however, to a new low by the picture on the May 15, 1967, cover.On first looking at the thatched roofed hut, my thoughts turned to sunny Hawaii. Could this be the abode of G. G. Liddle, MD, your contributor from Bloomington? A second look, however, disabused me of the notion. Hawaiian shacks are much larger and more picturesque. Although the Hawaiians used a little lava or coral rock, they favored palm fronds. Neither did the hut conform to the familiar Siberian izbah, Navajo hogan, or Eskimo igloo. Could it be a reconstruction of the old AMA headquarters before the white man took over, or its future quarters after the "bomb"?The