77 e-Letters

published between 2001 and 2004

  • 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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  • A peace protest
    Fran Baum

    One of the defining features of public health is a commitment to collective action to protect populations as a whole. The current global peace movement is an expression of public health advocacy against a supremely unhealthy action - the invasion and waging of war on another nation. In February 2003 millions of people around the world marched against the war on Iraq. In Adelaide, a city of some 1.1 million in Southern Australi...

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  • Health benefit of green spaces not confirmed
    Jean Adams

    Dear Editor

    Takano and colleagues’ paper [1] on the association between proximity to ‘walkable green spaces’ and longevity in senior citizens in Tokyo will be of interest to those involved in promoting health in its broadest sense. However, this study has a number of methodological limitations, the authors draw conclusions that are not supported by their results and the study does not merit the largely uncritical r...

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  • Suicide and conservative rule, UK and Australia
    Martin Heilweil

    Dear Editor

    A recent article in Nature magazine
    Polls take heavy toll -- Suicide rises under conservative rule, 20 September 2002
    discusses the correlation of conservative governmental rule, and suicide, in England and Australia, over the last hundred years, and cites the article by Page A et al. as one of...

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  • Mental health after violence
    Paras Kumar Pokharel

    Dear Editor

    Peruvians and Nepali people have something to share - endless social violence. Nepal does not have a colonial ruler and so often does not have access to the modern world.

    Our community has undergone very tramatic experiences of soldiers dying and rebels on the screen every day. This may account for the recent sharp rise in mental disorders.

    The method applied in the article by JJ Mir...

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    J. Romero-Teruel

    Dear Editor

    The straw poll was an interesting idea and an excellent and precise result.

    Now, we expect that the Ministers of Health, who actually are voting, consider the capacity and experience of Dr Mirta Roses as the voters in your poll did. Besides, this is an excellent opportunity to have a woman in this position at PAHO, for the first time.

    The great majority of South America and the Caribbea...

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  • PAHO election: needs experience not curriculum!
    Camilo Torres

    Dear Editor

    The forthcoming election at PAHO ia a very serious matter. The Latin American countries have passed, or are passing, through very hard times: Mexico (Tequilla crisis), Colombia (Drugs and civil war) Argentina (Economic crisis) etc. and the near future will be the most difficult in relation to the expected social demands. Public Health should be prepared to face important challenges.


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  • PAHO election
    Joseph Romero

    Dear Editor

    I would like to ask: where are the new ideas for PAHO?

    Certainly not in the writings prepared by Dr Sepulveda for his campaign.

    On the other side, he has no proven experience with any international program so far, much less in conducting a serious Institution like PAHO.

    Latin America and the Caribbean are not places for an ambitious, inexperienced person to try out "new ideas"....

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