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The Cover
September 2, 1998

Family Doctor

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Edited by M. Therese Southgate, MD, Senior Contributing Editor.

JAMA. 1998;280(9):764. doi:10.1001/jama.280.9.764

The therapeutic quality of a physician's hands has been espoused since Hippocrates. In his lithograph Family Doctor (cover), Grant Wood (1891-1942) juxtaposes this ancient symbol of healing with instruments of modern medicine. The watch registers at 3 o'clock, suggesting possibly an early-morning call. The hands are those of Wood's personal physician, Andrew William Bennett, MD, an Iowa City, Iowa, general practitioner. Wood's careful attention to the decorative details of the doctor's tie and the grain of the wood on the table top serves only to increase the eloquence of the hands.