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Letter to the Editor The Meaning in the History of Cover of KJCCM
Sung Jin Hongorcid
Acute and Critical Care 2018;33(1):64-64.
Published online: February 28, 2018
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Vice President, The Korean Society of Critical Care Medicine

Sung Jin Hong Department of Anesthesiology, Pain and Critical Medicine, Seoul St. Mary’s Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, 222 Banpodaero, Seocho-gu, Seoul 06591, Korea Tel: +82-2-2258-6151 Fax: +82-2-537-1591 E-mail:
• Received: February 27, 2018   • Accepted: February 27, 2018

Copyright © 2018 The Korean Society of Critical Care Medicine

This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

The Korean Journal of Critical Care Medicine (KJCCM) has been using its cover image since 2007 after changing the cover design of its December issue (Vol. 22, No. 2). The previous cover design was simple and concise as it depicted only the logo of KJCCM on a green-colored background. With a growing opinion in favor of updating the cover image, we sought professional help for a new cover design that could better portray the nature of KJCCM. Yoon Ju-Hyeon, Professor at the College of Art and Design, Seoul National University, suggested five different designs. The mainly modern abstract designs provided a glimpse into the contemporary medicine and intensive care units. However, our attention was drawn to one of the illustrations showing a tropical orchid with nothing but a white background (Figure 1).
KJCCM deals with the advanced dynamic academic approaches taken to treat patients with life-threatening illness. But, it was expressed as an orchid drawn on a white background. It seemed puzzling at first. However, we saw the possibility that this exceptional illustration could provide ICU professionals with comfort, albeit momently, given their busy and tense working settings. After the floral design was accepted almost unanimously at the meeting of the Board of Directors, KJCCM adopted it as a new cover image of its journal.
Since then, the floral image has appeared on the cover of white books and treatment guidelines that KJCCM published as if it were a symbol of KJCCM.

No potential conflict of interest relevant to this article was reported.

Figure 1.
Cover image of KJCCM.

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