AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

AMA Journal of Ethics. June 2015, Volume 17, Number 6: 575.

Images of Healing and Learning

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Multifaceted Nexus

Artwork by Kyle T. Amber.

Kyle T. Amber, MD

This issue of the AMA Journal of Ethics examines numerous ethical issues in rehabilitation medicine. Good ethical analysis is not based merely on polarized views but considers all possible views between the extremes. In this image, the framing structures created by multiple angles of a single knee radiograph illustrate the dynamic and flexible nature of the joint itself. These framing structures, reproduced in different colors in the center, represent two polarized perspectives. The overlaid vibrant colors force the viewer to consider the composite image rather than focusing on either of the two color-contrasted sets of structures. In combination, the structures in Multifaceted Nexus depict not only the dynamic nature of the objects in question, but also how single views of an object (or subject) can distort the true clinical and ethical picture.


Kyle T. Amber, MD, completed his first year of residency in the Department of Internal Medicine at MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn, Illinois, in 2015, after which he became a resident in dermatology at the University of California, Irvine. His areas of research interest include immunodermatology, medical ethics, and medical humanities.

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The viewpoints expressed in this article are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the AMA.