Last year, as we began the process of fine-tuning Yale Medicine’s content and design to create a more interesting and better-organized magazine, we asked readers for their suggestions. Your responses have been an enormous help to us as we’ve reviewed both what we report and how we present it within these pages.

On the content side, we learned that readers want to know more about the lives of medical students today and more about what their fellow alumni are doing across the country, the continent and the globe. They are also interested in the past. By far, the greatest number of letters from readers has come in response to articles about the history of medicine at Yale—for example, the early use of penicillin that was the subject of a recent article.

As a result of the comments we received, we are shedding more light on student life and educational issues today—as well as on the school’s past. We’ve devoted extra space to stories about teaching and have started a regular historical department,Capsule, which in this issue explores medicine in New Haven during the Civil War years. We’re also launching a new department,Archives, peeking into the magazine’s early issues.

In addition, Yale Medicine will continue its focus on alumni, with 14 pages this issue devoted to alumni and reunion news. It is our goal to help classmates and old friends stay in touch and to spotlight the ways in which they are changing medicine and the wider world. Please let us know what you and your Yale School of Medicine colleagues are doing by writing to us at one of the addresses below.

On the design side, readers say they find Yale Medicine appealing, engaging and easy to navigate, both in print and on the Web at We’ve taken steps to improve the easy readability of the magazine while keeping the design lively. Readers will notice a new paper stock this issue, and the overall design of Yale Medicine has been modified to be consistent with the school’s new printed materials for the offices of Admissions and Development (See “A closer look at the medical school”). A few changes in format will be apparent in this issue and in the Spring 2001 edition of Yale Medicine.

We hope you enjoy your alumni magazine and that you will stay in touch with us, your classmates and your Yale colleagues.