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August 22, 1966

Shoe Shine

JAMA. 1966;197(8):666. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03110080106046

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To the Editor:  My heartfelt compliments on your most meaningful editorial "Of Shoes" 197: (216, 1966). You observe that clichés occur as pairs of words, and that one without the other is as unthinkable as a left shoe without a right.I am sure that the vast majority of the general public will never be able to look a well-worn shoe in the face without giving due thought to the time-worn clichés that you have so aptly described and decried. The other day, when looking at Van Gosh's immortal "Old Shoes"—what a prodigious effort must have gone into the creating of this time-honored masterpiece!—I could not help wondering why you did not use it for your color cover. Would it not have provided the best possible emphasis? Perhaps valid reasons prevented you from so doing. There are, to be sure, inherent difficulties in featuring a nonclinical picture in a journal