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Vol. 69, No. 10
ISSN: 1488-2159
November 2003

Cover Artist: Dr. Bruce Blasberg

Dr. Bruce Blasberg is a certified specialist in oral medicine, now in private practice in Vancouver. He received his DMD degree at the University of Pennsylvania in 1970 and completed a 3-year residency in oral medicine at the same institution. Following his oral medicine training, Dr. Blasberg joined the full-time faculty at the University of British Columbia and headed the division of oral medicine and pathology. Dr. Blasberg was recently named director of the orofacial pain program at Vancouver General Hospital.

Dr. Blasberg provides some context for the art that graces this month's cover of JCDA: “Two years ago, I began learning to carve stone from a master sculptor, Alberto Replanski, who was born in Argentina and now lives in Vancouver. The stone used for the ‘face' is a cream-coloured alabaster. It is 16 inches long and weighs about 50 pounds. Alabaster is a little softer than marble and easier to carve with hand tools. The piece was carved using a mallet and chisels. It was finished with files and increasingly finer grades of sandpaper. Carving stone is physical work, but there is magic in seeing a form emerge from the rough stone.”

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