Letters

A world of connections

This issue’s feature lineup begins with a tale of connections—among Yale alumni and faculty, among doctors and patients and among old school friends. As related by Jill Max, these connections made it possible for a Yale medical student to do research in Italy, and also for her mother in Serbia to receive a critical, life-changing procedure.

For our cover story, “The Virus Behind the Cancer,” Contributing Editor Jennifer Kaylin looks at a different type of connection. She traces the guesses, speculation and discoveries that led scientists to the viruses that underpin about 10 percent of all cancers. Those connections between viruses and cancer could yield clues that will put scientists on the path to vaccines and treatments.

Contributing Editor Marc Wortman donned a jumpsuit and entered the pathology labs to observe an autopsy for his article, “The Final Chapter.” Wortman examines why...

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News of my demise is premature

News of my demise is premature

According to the alumni reunion report for the Class of 1960 published in the Autumn 2005 issue of Yale Medicine, Jerrold M. Post, M.D. ’60, led the class in “a brief silence in honor of our deceased classmates,” including me. While I am deeply honored, I am completely undeserving.My wife, Rosemary, died three years ago. I am running an active research program at the University of Connecticut Health Center. I have...

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Dishonest reporting in Vietnam and PTSD

Dishonest reporting in Vietnam and PTSD

As a combat surgeon in DaNang in 1968, I experienced the Tet Offensive firsthand and saw more carnage than most...

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Chase leaving to study what makes good doctors

Chase leaving to study what makes good doctors

In December the medical school’s deputy dean for education, Herbert S. Chase Jr., M.D., announced that he would be...

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Second opinion

Second opinion

A "second opinion" from cartoonist Sidney Harris.

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