Letters

Nostalgia of another kind

In 1980, years after the last troops returned home from Vietnam, the military and medical establishments put a name on the psychiatric sequelae that have afflicted soldiers for as long as there has been war—post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Documented since the time of Homer and variously known as nostalgia, combat fatigue and shell shock, it is marked by anxiety, flashbacks, irritability and withdrawal from society, among other symptoms. In our cover story we examine ptsd and its implications for troops coming home from Iraq. To find out what has been learned about ptsd and how the experience of Vietnam veterans is helping today’s troops, writer Cathy Shufro spoke with Vietnam and Iraq veterans as well as psychiatrists and social workers at Yale and the VA Connecticut Healthcare System in West Haven.

We also look back half a century to the days when parents kept children away from...

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Article ignored ethical aspects of stem cell research

Article ignored ethical aspects of stem cell research

I was disappointed with the Chronicle piece by Marc Wortman [“For Stem Cell Researcher, Connecticut’s Initiative Offers a New Avenue for Progress,” Summer 2005] that involved an interview with Diane Krause, M.D., Ph.D., and focused on her support for human embryonic stem cell research.The superficial approach of the article minimized the ethical controversies of human embryonic stem cell research and offered readers...

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Article on schistosomiasis was inspiring

Article on schistosomiasis was inspiring

I want to congratulate Kohar Jones for her impressive and beautiful article [“The Silent Scourge of Development,”...

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Ibn Sina’s roots

Ibn Sina’s roots

I enjoy reading the articles in Yale Medicine very much and I think the magazine offers an excellent selection of...

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Second opinion

Second opinion

A "second opinion" from cartoonist Sidney Harris.

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