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I'm Cathy Leamy, a Boston cartoonist and medical writer. Check out my comics! They're mainly about health care and autobio stories.

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Monday, May 5, 2003

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heart disease is attractive

Last year Time Magazine sexualized breast cancer, offering a cover and interior photos worthy of soft-core porn (read the article "Making Cancer Sexy" for more). They appear to be at it again with an article about women's risk for heart disease. The cover sports a sleek curvy silhouette and the table of contents serves up a topless woman listening to her heartbeat through a stethoscope, eyes closed, nipples cropped. At least the interior article had the decency to include prominent photos of older women, who are more at risk for the disease. Me, I'd be more convinced if they showed doctors, researchers, or close-ups of arterial plaque.

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