April 2, 1997

The Art of JAMA: One Hundred Covers and Essays From The Journal of the American Medical Association

Author Affiliations

Mount Auburn Hospital Cambridge, Mass


by M. Therese Southgate, 221 pp, with illus, $49.95, ISBN 0-8151-0994-6, St Louis, Mo, Mosby, 1997.

JAMA. 1997;277(13):1082. doi:10.1001/jama.1997.03540370072041

The JAMA art covers, with their accompanying insightful essays by Dr M. Therese Southgate, are a familiar weekly treat for most physicians. It is thus a particular pleasure to review Dr Southgate's recent book, which reprints 100 covers and their associated essays, originally published between 1974 and 1987.

For more than two decades, Dr Southgate has chosen the art for over 1000 JAMA covers and provided physicians a comprehensive survey of Western art. From a 15th-century painting by Fra Angelico to a 1981 work by Andrew Wyeth, these 100 works cover a wide spectrum of American and European art. While most of the artists in this volume are well known, and some of the individual works quite famous, such as The Gross Clinic, by Thomas Eakins, and The Doctor, by Sir Luke Fildes, other paintings and painters, like The Chinese Fishmonger, by Theodore Wores, and First Aid, by Francis W.