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To the Editor.—The salacious front cover
of JAMA1 sexually exploits women by its
depiction of a young naked woman. "Her hair is carefully arranged over the
pillow as that of any model," writes Dr Southgate. No operating table ever
would be primped with such bedding. Southgate purports the nude is sleeping,
although nearly a dozen persons in street clothes are in conversation around
the nude, and one bearded person has his elbow on her groin, his forearm on
her abdomen, and his hand near her nipple. The nude is portrayed as ostensibly
anesthetized, although there is no anesthetic agent present. Southgate admits
that "all eyes are . . . on the patient." Crude instruments of vivisection
are casually in the left foreground fanning fantasies of sexual mutilation.
Wayne EM. Interpreting Art and Poetry in JAMA: In the Eye of the Beholder. JAMA. 1998;279(1):19–20. doi:10.1001/jama.279.1.17
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