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August 30, 1941


JAMA. 1941;117(9):668-672. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820350008003

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This article is a brief attempt to describe the subject of medical illustrating as I see it, state the necessary qualifications of an applicant who wishes to devote his life to this work and tell of the opportunities for success in this field after he has systematically studied the subject and has mastered it in its essentials.

It is agreed that a medical picture, correctly planned and accurately and artistically executed, is an integral part of the medical literature. It not only elucidates the text when needed but may in part even replace it.

On the other hand, if not correctly planned or inaccurately drawn, or both, as often is the case, the picture is worse than useless and should be omitted. It is the business of the author of the book or article to eliminate a worthless picture. But it is also the duty of the illustrator to know

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