A Letter From The Publisher: may 28, 1965

NOT my profile,' Surgeon Michael -DeBakey objected when Painter Henry Koerner asked him to turn his head aside.

"I told him he had an elegant profile," Koerner said, "and he would have to trust me as his patients trust him. He has a truly great face—those big eyebrows and that huge forehead."

Koerner painted his subject for this week's cover in four sittings at the Texas Medical Center's Methodist Hospital in Houston. One sitting was abruptly halted when DeBakey was summoned to a nearby operating room to help revive a patient whose heart had stopped beating. In surgical gown and mask, Koerner also...

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