Letters

Connective tissue

I still have vivid memories of my first day of dorm life. The year was 1977, the city was Baltimore and the weather was what you’d expect in late August: hot and very, very humid. Music filled the quad, everyone was friendly and at dinner that night there was a communal air that endured long after we had moved off the Hopkins campus for the thrill of living on our own.

That was Maryland, not Connecticut; college, not med school; and it was more than 25 years ago. Nonetheless, the experience held the same charm for me that medical student Jenny Blair conveys in her memoir of four years in Harkness Hall (“That College Feeling”). Dorm life has its downside, but it’s the one time many of us will live in close quarters with a large group of our peers.

The “connective tissue” linking a community of physicians is also a thread in our cover story about the dilemmas that face medical practitioners...

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“I loved medicine but do not miss it”

“I loved medicine but do not miss it”

The following is a response to a letter from Howard Spiro, M.D., that appeared in the Autumn 2003 issue of Yale Medicine.Dear Howard,That you should respond to my essay with a letter half again as long as that to which you responded [“Knowing When It’s Time to Quit,” Summer 2003] brings to mind G.B. Shaw’s coda to a letter, “Forgive me for writing a long letter but I did not have time to write a short one.” My...

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Strong support from chief helped female surgeons

Strong support from chief helped female surgeons

I read with interest the article on the growing number of women in surgery [“Closing the Gender Gap,” Winter 2004] and...

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Cos, not Ephesus, was Hippocrates’ birthplace

Cos, not Ephesus, was Hippocrates’ birthplace

In reference to the caption under the photo of a sycamore tree on Harkness Lawn [“A Nurturing Vision,” Winter 2004],...

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Second opinion

Second opinion

A "second opinion" from cartoonist Sidney Harris.

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