Letters

Seeing with new eyes

There was a moment, probably sometime in the mid-1980s, when my awareness of the politics of disability eclipsed my awareness of what it means to be disabled. The latter was never that developed, since I grew up without disability and had no close friends or relations who were disabled. But although my knowledge was second- or third-hand, I wasn’t indifferent. Like many others, I had been raised to appreciate the hardships and rights of disabled people, whom we knew then as “handicapped.” (The H-word had not yet been retired as politically incorrect.)At a certain point though, I now realize, I must have lost a measure of empathy. This could...

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Ethical decisions are not always unanimous

Ethical decisions are not always unanimous

As a former Yale house officer trained at Yale nearly 50 years ago, I want to congratulate the...

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Max Taffel, a surgeon, not a neurosurgeon

I was sad to read of the death of Max Taffel [In memoriam, Spring 2004].You reported that Dr....

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Second opinion

Second opinion

A "second opinion" from cartoonist Sidney Harris.

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