Letters

Waiting it out in Haiti

At this writing at the end of September, Haiti has just endured another storm and 10 days of devastation following Hurricane Jeanne. Fifteen hundred people have died in the flooding and mudslides that swept the coastal region near Gonaïves, the country’s second-largest city. Today’s Miami Herald tells the deeply unsettling story of a mother who was forced to choose between rescuing her 6-year-old son and holding on to her 4-year-old daughter as she struggled to escape the rising flood waters. Now she is worrying about the child who survived. Will enough food arrive to keep the girl nourished? Will cholera and other diseases spare her?

Public health in Haiti and the impoverished country’s long history of suffering are at the heart of this issue’s cover story (“A Film to Finish,”) by alumna Amelia Shaw, M.P.H. ’03. Shaw had to leave Haiti during an earlier moment of tumult this year—the...

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Sally Provence’s autism work deserves mention

Sally Provence’s autism work deserves mention

The article on autism in the Summer 2004 issue brought back interesting memories. In 1953 I was on the pediatric house staff, and my first experience with autism was in the family: a nephew who did not walk or talk at age 2, did not seem to relate to others, had odd and limited food preferences and could spend much of his day sitting in the corner spinning toy tops.We asked Sally Provence of the Child Study Center...

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Thank you so much for including an article about Gretchen Berland’s documentary Rolling [“Life on Wheels,” Summer...

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First among surgeons, last in the spotlight

I noted the letter in the Summer 2004 issue of Yale Medicine about Max Taffel. I was a resident in surgery at Yale from...

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Suspicions about hair dye are confirmed

I read with great personal interest the article about Dr. Zheng, “Increased Risk of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Linked to...

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