As a regular reader of your publication, I was shocked to receive the Oct. 25 issue. How you could possibly have published a cover that could be seen only as a grotesque and insensitive portrayal of something related to electroconvulsive therapy is beyond belief. Either your editors did see the similarity and didn't care, or they were incredibly ignorant of the likely association.
At the very least I believe you should explain in a prominent place in your publication why you printed such a cover. I have shown it to various health professionals, and all have seen it as an insensitive parody of ECT. The stigma of mental illness is something millions of Americans must deal with every day. Your cover, representing a forward-thinking healthcare publication, has contributed needlessly to this problem.
Charles Riordan, M.D.
Vice president for medical affairs
Saint Raphael Healthcare System
New Haven, Conn.
Editor's note: The cover art was a still from the movie "Young Frankenstein" by Mel Brooks.