Heart Art

There was a recent inter­view with Dr. David Katz who co-wrote the book “How To Eat”. He promotes “lifestyle medi­cine”. He worked as a relief support to the doctors in a NYC hospital and described the speed of symp­toms and quick spread of Covid-19. He also mentioned the high risks of the slow — yet inevitable results of heart problems.

Back in the ‘80s, I was given the assign­ment for the following illus­tra­tions to show the “good” and the “bad” in caring for one’s heart. Dr. C. Everett Koop was the US Surgeon General in the years: 1982 – – 1989 and the following was the plan for a “Special Program Co-Sponsored by AMA, ACC and NHLBI”.*
*The Amer­ican Medical Asso­ci­a­tion (founded in 1847), the Amer­ican College of Cardi­ology (1949) and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Insti­tute (1948).
“Oper­a­tion High Risk Recue” was “A National Physi­cians’ Crusade for Imme­diate Action on High Choles­terol Patients With Heart Disease and Multiple Risks”. This campaign was directed to all physi­cians with patients seeking help.

I was free­lancing with VICOM ASSOCIATES at 901 Battery Street, SF. I was asked by their creative director, Lester Barnett to be inspired for my art style by Geof­frey Moss, the polit­ical illus­trator. My art tool was a black marker; so I was not able repli­cate the crisp pen and ink lines from the deft hand of Mr. Moss. I never did know what written copy or other elements completed this production:

Another “heart” assign­ment was in 1990 for the new part­ner­ship of Vicom / FCB. The job was for a Genen­tech Family Day — Saturday, Sept. 15, 1990. The project was an educa­tional set of three large printed sheets for youths to learn the parts of the heart and the action of blood in the heart. The instruc­tions were given to use certain colors to fill in areas to make it all easy to understand.
I’m not a kid, but after all these years, I decided that I’d color these up. I actu­ally have a newish box of Crayola Crayons and my Pris­ma­color pencils. But now there is this Adobe Photo­shop with colors and paint brush — right in front of me that I could use.
This is – a good way of learning these areas and actions of the heart!

I show a 4‑page layout for Genen­tech, Inc. My “go to” method for quick layouts was sketching the subject with Berol Pris­ma­color pencils smeared with a tissue with “Bestine” thinner (I was warned to wear gloves or wash hand imme­di­ately but who had time?) and high­lighted with white drawing ink in a ruling pen. The 4th page of the layout had red marker added. The 2‑page ad was published in a Medical Journal—the back page shows a 1989 copyright.
I have no knowl­edge of how layouts are created now, when the computer has replace the drawing board.

Heart disease is still the top world­wide health risk — where the source begins within the patient – – inher­ited, a birth defect or the result of a personal lifestyle. The excep­tion – – is an outside expo­sure, like Covid-19, that stresses the heart.

As it was in the past, the present virus pandemic risk – is where the source was (some­where in the world) from just one individual’s occu­pa­tion or lifestyle.
The virus can be from various living crea­tures (monkey, ape, bovine, avian, swine or — ?).
The animal that carries the virus “lives” with it. The virus evolves to adopt a new host, a human that tries to adjust to it and it spreads glob­ally — Its genetic code mutates, evolving more as it travels. So viruses, too, have lifestyles.

Hope­fully, more educa­tion of and atten­tion to risky human “lifestyles” — will iden­tify a virus when it has jumped to that first person — and isolate it immediately.

Ann Thompson