Letters

The things that matter

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 Essay section. 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.

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It’s high time to fix the malpractice mess

It’s high time to fix the malpractice mess

Your article “Showdown” in the summer issue of Yale Medicine brings out the sorry state of affairs in the medicolegal climate. When I began the practice of ob/gyn after World War II, my malpractice insurance was $25 a year.Albert W. Diddle, M.D. ’36 Knoxville, Tenn.The lucid comments about the malpractice situation and its aggravations were apt and helpful in understanding the dilemma. However they failed to...

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Knowing when 'not' to retire

Knowing when 'not' to retire

As a “mature physician” of 65, I found that I disagree with a significant proportion of Dr. Kaufmann’s essay [“Knowing...

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Thanks for the news from Cedar Street

Thanks for the news from Cedar Street

Again I am awed by this spectacular publication you have crafted with its singular breadth and depth, sensitivity and...

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Don’t make the same mistake that California did

Don’t make the same mistake that California did

In addition to my medical training at Yale, I have a law degree from Stanford. (OK, I know it’s second place to Yale’s...

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It’s never to late to work: An open letter to Herbert Kaufmann

It’s never to late to work: An open letter to Herbert Kaufmann

Dear Herbert,I read your recent essay, delighted at your eloquence if pained at your conclusion that doctors should...

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Second opinion

Second opinion

A "second opinion" from cartoonist Sidney Harris.

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