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The Cover
April 22/29, 1998

Self-portrait (No. 20)

JAMA. 1998;279(16):1238. doi:10.1001/jama.279.16.1238

In 1983 some 500000 persons in the United States suffered a stroke. Of these more than 155000 died. One of them was the American painter Ivan Albright (1897-1983) (JAMA covers, December 4, 1967, January 19, 1994, October 16, 1996, and November 19, 1997). Then in his 87th year, Albright had been admitted to Mt Ascutney Hospital, Windsor, Vt, in August 1983. In the hospital, with mirror, pencil, pastel, and graphite, he executed these self-portraits, 2 of them dated August 21 and 23 and the third simply August 1983 (cover). They are the last save one in a series of Self-portraits Albright had made throughout his life; remarkably, some 20 of them were completed after his 84th birthday. "Start to make a new career in art," he had written in his journal at that time.