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279 e-Letters

  • A new Term
    Mario Tristan
    Dear Editor

    It is a very short note but I feel the need to write it. It has been very interesting to read this new article written by Nancy Krieger. I have been following and reading all her articles. We at ALAMES (Asociación Latino Americana de Medicina Social) started following her papers when she first published the "The web of causation: has anyone seen the spider?". Many Latin American authors were writing about these c...

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  • Re: BBC reports drinkers "healthier" than abstainers
    Fernando Rodríguez Artalejo
    Dear Editor

    We thank Mr. Barnett for his interest in our article, even though his comments suggest he has not read it. Following there are some notes on Barnett’s comments:

    We have never received funds from the beverage industry, either for this research or for any of the several studies we have done on the relationship between alcohol and health.

    Contrary to Barnett’s comments, we finished our article a...

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  • BBC reports drinkers "healthier" than abstainers
    Phil Barnett

    Dear Editor

    , I trust peers in the fields of Epidemiology and Community Health will have ample opportunity to scrutinize the hapless "study" from Spain published in your journal this week as reported on BBC News web site and I wish to foreshadow their likely findings of the so-called scientists whose study linked more and more alcohol consumption with "feeling healthier" as laughable and very unscientific.

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  • Can Care be graded in any level?
    Paras K Pokharel

    Dear Editor,

    This article is a concise and comprehensive glossary in the basic concept of health care. It is an asset to teaching classes of public health. However, in this developing country we are curious about your term "Primary Care". We are all working in a two million population catchment area for our services; the "Service Area" of the Institute. We named these the "Teaching Districts" of BP Koirala Institute...

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  • Public Health Menace
    Paras K Pokharel

    Dear Editor,

    What is the future of Public Health? I am working in an Health Institution which produces doctors and other health professionals. As a doctor trained in Public Health, I find it challenging to impart to students how this discipline is going to help improve the public's health in our situation.

    Water:- donation or loan needed to find the source and build a distribution system.

    Air:- heavil...

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  • Surviellance should not without a good infrastructure of system
    Paras K Pokharel

    Dear Editor,

    Global surveillance in chronic or acute infectious are really important issues.Working in the area of pidemiology in one of the least developed country, one important issue that remains for me is to strengthen the system to collect, analyse and report data scientifically, so that magnitude can be measured quantitatively,rather than the subjective impressions of professionals.

    Do we have enough in...

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  • Veteran's response
    Philip Garner

    Editor,
    The results of this study may be interesting but when one considers that junior ranks (e.g. privates) make up the majority of the British armed forces then I do not believe that this represents the true figures.

    If these results were taken from the original contact list as supplied by the Ministry of Defence, then there are questions related to the sample group. I believe that one of the o...

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  • Glossary: a medium to define public health
    Catherine Enero

    Editor,
    As a new grad, I found the idea of adding a glossary section to your journal to be insightful and encouraging. Just from an operational standpoint alone, it will allow both researchers and readers to clarify meanings of certain phenomena, variables, and terms used as building blocks for hypotheses, research questions, and theoretical frameworks. This tool will also provide means to elucidate nuances...

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  • Cardiovascular deaths and binge drinking
    Martin Bobak
    Dear Editor,

    The review by Britton and McKee(1) asserts a general causal relationship between episodes of high dose alcohol intake (binge drinking) and cardiovascular deaths, based on universal physiological mechanisms. They claim that this causal relationship explains the dramatic fluctuations in cardiovascular deaths in Russia and (less dramatic ones) in Poland. We could not agree more that an assessment of the patte...

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