When Dr. Jack Maypole was growing up, his mother, Nancy, had a small business sketching and selling greeting cards. Maypole followed suit, occasionally selling cartoons on the side while he was studying at Yale Medical School and giving sketches to family and friends. But he may be having the greatest impact with his art at his pediatrics practice at Boston Medical Center, where he uses pen and paper to create cartoons that amuse, cajole, and soothe young patients for whom the doctor’s office can be a frightening place.

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