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May 23, 1966

Death and the Cigarette

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Farmingdale, NY

JAMA. 1966;196(8):741. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03100210111039

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To the Editor:—  The death's head on the cover of the March 28 issue of The Journal is supposed, I presume, to link the smoking of cigarettes to fatality.If we are to illustrate the issue in this macabre fashion, why do we perpetuate the lack of ability in the art field? Mr. Van Gogh's picture would convince one that the cause of death was extensive cephalad luxation of the sternal end of the right clavicle with trauma to the cricothyroid structures producing edema of the larynx.

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