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287 e-Letters

  • Authors reply
    Nina S Godtfredsen

    We appreciate the comments from Cope et al on our paper reporting the association between smoking cessation and smoking reduction and subsequent risk of myocardial infarction (1). Specifically, Cope et al propose that the lack of a beneficial effect of reduced smoking - in contrast to smoking cessation - could be due to inaccuracy (underreporting) of the self-reported tobacco consumption. In addition, Cope et al raise the...

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  • Social Epidemiology, Intra-Neighbourhood Correlation and Generalized Estimating Equations
    Kenneth R. Petronis

    Dear Editor,

    The recent editorial entitled "Multilevel analytical approaches in social epidemiology: measures of health variation compared with traditional measures of association" [1] offers an interesting critique of the generalized estimating equations (GEE) analysis of a paper published in the same issue of JECH (August 2003). In the editorial, the author notes that the paper's GEE analysis treats "the intr...

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  • Smoking verification and the risk of myocardial infarction
    Graham F. Cope

    Dear Editor

    We read the paper by Godtfredsen et al. with interest.[1]

    The paper reported on the effect of smoking reduction on the incidence of myocardial infarction (MI) and found that although patients who stopped smoking had a decreased risk of MI, those who reportedly reduced their smoking did not. The conclusions drawn were that smoking reduction, rather than complete cessation, did not produce...

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  • Prevalence of IHD and associated risk factors
    Jeremy P Gray

    Dear Editor

    I noted with interest the article by Unal et al.[1] and wondered whether they had seen our population-based study describing the prevalence of IHD in what is now Wandsworth PCT.[2]

    We describe 6776 IHD patients in detail from a total population of 378,021 and address many of the issues Unal et al.[1] raise in their paper. We are about to collect a second round of data and will be taking...

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  • Previous trials were identified
    Phil Edwards

    Dear Editor

    Morrison et al. examine the effect on questionnaire response of feeding back research findings to participants.[1] As authors of the systematic review [2] cited in their paper we would like to point out that we had in fact identified eight such randomized trials.[3-10] The broad strategy under which these trials had been classified in our review was ‘non monetary incentives’.

    We are curren...

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  • Health, equity, human rights and the invasion of Iraq
    Paula Braveman

    During the days culminating in the US-British invasion of Iraq, I was working with a human rights attorney colleague, exploring links and distinctions between health, equity, and human rights. These concepts thus have been in my thoughts, and concern for each leads me to deplore the invasion of Iraq on several counts.

    First, given the scale of suffering and death that inevitably accompany war, it is unconscionable to...

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  • About George W. Bush's Iraq War
    Mervyn Susser

    I can make no pretence to pacifism. It was out of conviction that, a mere 18 years old in my native South Africa, I volunteered for service in World War II. And for the next five years I chose to serve in three successive services and on three successive fronts of the war. Nor have I ever regretted doing so, nor questioned that it was a right and necessary thing to do. That is to say, I believed then and believe now that there...

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  • Neither War, Nor Bioterrorism, Nor SARS
    Luis D Castiel

    The effects of the current war on the Iraqi population should deeply shock anyone with a minimum of humanitarian concern (regardless of their political and ideological convictions). The institutional fragility for dealing with the war and its dire consequences is also extremely troubling. It is painful to observe the deplorable bankruptcy of channels for intermediation of such manifestations of unavoidably insane traits...

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  • Casualties from US Wars: terrorism, Afghanistan, Iraq, etc.
    Nancy Milio

    While media attention is captured by war, national priorities are being locked-in through arcane maneuvering making the ten-year Federal budget plan, further entrenched through Executive Orders, regulations, and court appointments that will have fundamental effects on the tenor and direction in the US and in the world. Dramatic changes could not have been made without the fears from September 11, 2001 terrorism and the militar...

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  • If it's not one thing, it's another! How to deal with the fatal unknown.
    Qiushan Tao

    Two important events, the war in Iraq and the outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), have hit the headlines recently. Although seemingly independent events, they are both very important public health problems and will have a long term impact on global public health policy.[1,2]

    I would like to thank JDA Barr and JJ Miranda for their special article: "Iraq: Time to focus our response" and JECH for provid...

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