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Hitchcock Advanced Response Team]. I felt like I was right there with them!
Will there be a follow-up article? I want to know more!
Chris Demarest, the author and illustrator of that article, plans to continue doing "ride-alongs" with DHART, so we may indeed run a sequel in some future issue.
A matter of some substance
I was recently researching the background of Dr. Robert Drake, a member of the Dartmouth faculty and a consulting member of a commission that I serve on—the Beeman Commission in Fairfax County, Virginia, whose purpose is to improve the delivery of public mental health services in the county.
My online search led to me to an article about his work in Dartmouth Medicine, and from there I noticed several other interesting articles. I spent more time than I had intended reading your magazine, but I consider it time well spent.
I thought you might like to know that, based on the information I found, I recommended that a reporter from the Washington Post speak with Dr. Drake about appropriate treatments for co-occurring disorders.
DMS's Drake is an international leader in the treatment of co-occurring disorders—a severe mental illness combined with a substance abuse problem. To learn about his work, click here. Ulrich is the immediate past president of the northern Virginia chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and a member of the Commonwealth of Virginia Commission on Mental Health Law Reform.
I was very interested by the article on a tumor suppressor gene in the Summer 2008 issue of Dartmouth Medicine. Back in 1950, while I was on the surgical staff at the University of Wisconsin, I took part in a multiuniversity study on the effects of androgen and estrogen on breast cancer. I have been interested in the causes of cancer ever since. I hope the work on the tumor suppressor gene progresses well.
I was also interested in several recent articles on rural medicine. Many years ago, after I left Wisconsin to practice in Maine, I attended a surgical review
session in Boston. The instructor asked where I was from, and I said Eastport, Maine, whereupon most of the other attendees laughed—I'm not sure whether out of ignorance or arrogance. My wife was much wiser. When I suggested we move, she asked me if city dwellers
deserved better medical care than people in rural areas. In fact, rural areas badly need well-trained doctors and dentists.
In fact, the three doctors I admired most spent their careers in rural set t ings : Dr. Robert MacBride of Lubec, Maine; Dr. William Mosenthal, a surgeon at Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital in Hanover, N.H.; and Dr. William Putnam, a general practitioner in Lyme, N.H. Would that there were more like them!
Rowland French, M.D.
DC '41, DMS '42
I have been a Dartmouth Medicine subscriber for many years, but when I moved last October the magazine didn't get forwarded. I am just now getting my act together and would like to start receiving it again. I always read it cover to cover and consider it one of the best and most educational periodicals available. I was born at MHMH in 1953 and spent the majority of my life in the Upper Valley. I now live in Mexico (but have mail service in Texas).
I live an hour south of Guadalajara in a town of 18,000 people called Jocotepec. It is very high (5,200 feet) and dry. Gone are the gray skies of New Hampshire, the black flies, and the unbelievably high cost of health care! We have very good care locally and in the city. For instance, my husband just had a thorough workup, including an EKG, with an M.D. We called and were seen the same day. A cardiologist from Guadalajara saw him locally four days later. The cost? A total of $70 for the visit and the EKG, plus $55 for the specialist. Utterly amazing!
I'd appreciate being sent your Spring 2008 issue so I can read the article on poet Donald Hall. He lived two miles from me in New Hampshire, and I'm a great fan. Thank you.
Sarah F. Brownell
My son was a patient at your illustrious medical center in March 2008. Perusing the issues of Dartmouth Medicine that I found in the visitors' lounges, I thoroughly enjoyed the human-interest stories, exciting news, and articles about ongoing research.
I happily accept your offer to send me this enjoyable magazine and eagerly await the issues to come.
Lauraine Lombara, R.N.
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