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									                                                    The Left Atrium

                                                    by the doctor and the woman. The mural         can bring to those in need. It is important          movement, deeply influenced by the na-
                                                    symbolizes the power of medicine as one        to mention that most of the characters in            tionalistic politics that followed the Rev-
                                                    of the main driving forces behind the          the mural, including the doctors, are                olution, praised the importance of the
                                                    well-being of the country and the hope it      dark-skinned Mexicans. The muralist                  indigenous Mexican people in the new
                                                                                                                                                        world order.1
                                                                                                                                                           Siqueiros’ fresco at the National
                                                                                                                                                        Medical Center in Mexico City is a tes-
                                                                                                                                                        tament to the power of oncology and an
                                                                                                                                                        expression of admiration for the happi-
                                                                                                                                                        ness and prosperity that medical sci-
                                                                                                                                                        ence can bring to the people.

                                                                                                                                                        Enrique Soto-Perez-de-Celis MD
                                                                                                                                                        Laboratorio de Biofísica Cardiaca
                                                                                                                                                        Instituto de Fisiología
                                                                                                                                                        Benemérita Universidad Autónoma
                                                                                                                                                         de Puebla
                                                                                                                                                        Puebla, Mexico
                      Enrique Soto-Perez-de-Celis

                                                                                                                                                        1.   Instituto Méxicano del Seguro Social. Historia en
                                                                                                                                                             los muros: Cinco muralistas y la seguridad social
                                                                                                                                                             méxicana. Mexico: Secretaría General IMSS; 1977.
                                                                                                                                                        2.   Iturbe S. Mural de José Chávez Morado en el Cen-
                                                                                                                                                             tro Médico Nacional Siglo XXI. Revista Médica
                                                                                                                                                             IMSS 2002;40(1):85-8.
                                                     This detail of the 26-metre-long mural depicts the destruction of cancer, in the form of           3.   De Orellana M, ed. Arte y arquitectura del Insti-
                                                     monsters, to the delight of the cheering crowd.                                                         tuto Méxicano del Seguro Social. Mexico City,
                                                                                                                                                             Mexico: Artes de México, IMSS; 2006

                                                    Book review

                                                    Age is only another number
                                                    Old Endeavour: Scientific and Humanitarian
                                                                                                        In Old Endeavour, Dr. William                   are supplemented with personal infor-
                                                    Contributions by Physicians over age 65        Gibson presents short biographies of                 mation, quotations and anecdotes. It is
                                                    William C. Gibson                              over 100 physicians who continued to                 unexpected, and gratifying, to see so
                                                    International Association for Humanitarian     make significant contributions to med-               many women represented, especially
                                                    Medicine Brock Chisholm; 2007                  ical science past the age of 65. The                 when one considers that becoming a
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