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May 10, 1965


JAMA. 1965;192(6):567. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080190133028

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In anticipation of reproducing a four-color illustration on the cover for the New York Convention issue of The Journal, inquiries were begun in the spring of 1964. Although I could not recall any painting or mural or mosaic specifically related to medicine in Manhattan or the other boroughs, I was confident that something would be discovered without the necessity of assigning it the status of a major project. Miss Gertrude Annan, librarian of the New York Academy of Medicine, was naturally the first person to whom I turned for help. Fundamentally an optimistic person, she supported my hope that something would be discovered for appropriate reproduction. A search of Academy files, however, was not only discouraging—it proved to be an overt failure.

I then began a systematic inquiry, by post or on-the-spot visits, of the Rockefeller Institute, Sloan-Kettering Institute for Cancer Research, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University,

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