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November 13, 1996

A Cover Without Art

Author Affiliations

Indianapolis, Ind

JAMA. 1996;276(18):1472. doi:10.1001/jama.1996.03540180028025

To the Editor.  —"A Cover Without Art"1 was an extremely effective way to make a point. However, we should keep in mind that artists all over the world have been and will continue to be victims of many other conditions besides the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). The point that premature death robs our world of artistic talent could have been made just as appropriately in any issue of JAMA dedicated to a disease that causes early death or loss of function. I would hope that the review by Dr Southgate would not divert attention from this fact. Yet I felt that her lack of acknowledgment of this reality and her dramatic singling out of some unique association of art with a disease were evidence of a loss of objectivity and undue politicization. I was likewise disappointed that JAMA was participating in the creation of what seems to be an emerging