As one can see from these pages, our mailbag has been bursting lately. Some of the letters affirm an idea expressed in Yale Medicine, while others offer a wholly different perspective. I hope this means we are covering topics of importance to readers and presenting a diversity of views on questions that are too complex to have simple answers. Just as the university thrives on the exchange of ideas, so does this magazine.
The topics in the Summer issue that drew the greatest response were physician retirement and the malpractice insurance debate. Alumnus Herbert Kaufmann’s article on why he decided to retire while still in his prime (“Knowing When It's Time to Quit”) was unsolicited but perfect for the Essaysection. For our feature on the malpractice debate (“Showdown”), we did ask readers for their opinions and received a great number in reply. The letters are still coming.