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David Douglas Duncan


Self-Portrait: U.S.A.
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A hospital patient lying in his bed, facing his visitor, seen only from behind. Hanging from a bed rail is a poster which reads: Vote Mad. Alfred E. Neuman for President.

"When a man's wife or girl came visiting, everyone else in the ward immediately left to visit another buddy down along the corridor, unless--for many of them--it was still a bit too early to try learning how to walk again. Then, they would turn and quietly watch an evening TV western, or the convention . . . No one--ever--watched the other amputee, with his teen-age wife. [Great Lakes Naval Hospital, August 1968.]" Self-Portrait: U.S.A., p. 175.