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A Salute to 30 Years of Light-hearted Art in AFP

Am Fam Physician. 2005 Dec 1;72(11):2157.

The Quantum Sufficit (QS) column in AFP was created more than 40 years ago. It is intended to add “just enough” information about short news items that may be of interest to you. The style is quite different from the typical clinical, academic style of most AFP articles. Nearly 30 years ago, the of AFP decided this column deserved a bit of light-hearted graphic art. Peter Brunke of Prairie Kan., began illustrations for 1970s. Since then, he has created more than 900 illustrations for AFP. We’ve reprinted a few of them here.

A Multitalented Artist

Mr. Brunke was an illustrator for Hallmark, headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., for many years until he retired eight years ago. He started illustrating humorous greeting cards eventually did all the Hallmark humorous cards particular markets, such England, Germany, and France. According to Mr. however, “QS was number one career and Hallmark was second!” exposure of having his artwork in AFP resulted other projects as well. Several years ago, David Wyatt, M.D., an AFP author, wrote a patient education textbook called OK Body, I’m Listening.1 Dr. Wyatt asked Mr. Brunke to illustrate the book because he so enjoyed his QS illustrations. That project included about 300 illustrations. Mr. Brunke also has illustrated several children’s books, mostly including humorous art. And he recently held a gallery exhibit in Kansas City. He paints, draws, in steel.

Just for the Joy of it

Most of Mr. Brunke’s artistic work has focused on lighthearted, humorous subject matter. He said, “It just came easy to me.” Of creating AFP illustrations, he said, “I just loved doing this. It’s fun –always fun and always something new, since medicine is constantly changing.” He also said, “I got quite an education in medicine. I’m now 60 years old and in quite good health, because I followed all the advice I read in AFP.”

Although AFP is discontinuing the illustrations in QS, we salute Mr. Brunke’s 30 years of dedicated service and thank him for his contributions. We hope you have enjoyed his wonderful illustrations in QS as much as we have.

1. Wyatt, DE. OK Body, I’m Listening. Santa Barbara, Calif.: Queen of the Missions Publishing Co, 2001.


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