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The Cover
September 6, 2006

Jar With Both a Plumed Serpent and a Macaw-Headed Serpent

Author Affiliations

The Cover Section Editor: M. Therese Southgate, MD, Senior Contributing Editor.

JAMA. 2006;296(9):1032-1033. doi:10.1001/jama.296.9.1032

El chiste es ir superando—superando uno a otro.
The point is to keep going beyond—to keep surpassing one another.
—Leonel Quezada, Casas Grandes, Mexico

If you ask them, most people can tell you a story about a missed opportunity they still regret. No one asked me, but here is mine.

Last fall, my wife and I took our first trip to New Mexico. While driving through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, we stopped at a roadside store selling pottery. As we walked in, and before we could look around, we saw the proprietor speaking with seven people who varied in age from their 20s to 60s. He turned to us immediately and introduced the group.