Unmasking the Lone Ranger
Slue, William E.
New England Journal of Medicine. 1989 Aug 24; 321(8): 550-551.
Slue questions the effectiveness of the widespread practice in medical photography of publishing photographs of patients with bars across the eyes (1) to ensure anonymity, and (2) because consent to use the images has not been obtained. Using photographs of celebrities to illustrate his point, Slue demonstrates that bars across the eyes do little to hide a person's identity from those who know him or her. He instead recommends obtaining written informed consent and framing photographs so that the subject's entire face is not shown. (KIE abstract)