eLetters

145 e-Letters

published between 2004 and 2007

  • Let’s move towards creating a fairer applications procedure and not just shifting the existing bias
    Ashwini Oswal

    Dear Editor,

    Although Cowley (Polemic: five proposals for a medical school admission policy J Med Ethics 2006; 32: 491-494) writes an engaging and entertaining account of how medical school selection criteria could be modified to avoid many of the traditional biases, my main criticism is that the author creates his own prejudices by force feeding us his own viewpoint instead of providing a truly objective and balanc...

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  • A Humanities 'A' Level will make for a well rounded medical student.
    Ranjit S Bains

    Dear Editor,

    - I read with interest the article titled "Polemic: five proposals for a medical school admission policy" by C Cowley.

    There are two points I would like to make. As a pre-clinical Medical Student i can appreciate the advantage of having a humanities 'A' Level as this will lead to students acquiring skills that they may not normally acquire in a Science 'A' Level, for example the ability to write...

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  • Response to Ethical Review of Non-commercial Clinical Trials
    Nat MJ Wright

    Dear Editor,

    In response to the electronic letter by Peter Heasman “Ethical Review of Non-commercial Clinical Trials”, the LEEDS project team must emphasise that we do not wish to either overtly or covertly criticise activity of MREC individuals. We realise that many active researchers sit alongside non-researchers on MREC committees and surely our common goal is to foster a culture of research development and in...

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  • Circumcision of males lessens female pleasure
    Patricia Robinett

    Dear Editor,

    I am amused by Allen B Shaw's defense of male circumcision while stating, "... removal of the clitoris reduces female sexual pleasure, its unjustifiable purpose."

    A small word to the good doctor. As a circumcised WASP female, born and raised in Kansas, I can assure you that clitoridectomy indeed reduces female sexual pleasure and is unjustifiable, but circumcision of the male also detrime...

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  • France is not different
    Fernando Verdú

    Dear Editor,

    Guedj et al. can lead to error a part of the readers of their interesting research on confidentiality(1)

    In France is truth that "Professional confidentiality (le secret professionnel), instituted in patients’ interest, is obligatory for every physician within the conditions established by law. Confidentiality applies to everything the physician learns in the exercise of his profession, t...

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  • Author's response to Simon Lammy
    Christopher Cowley

    Dear Mr. Lammy,

    Thank you for your detailed comments on my article. They were certainly a lot more constructive than some of the bizarre abuse I received on doctors.net.uk. I would like to respond to some of your points:

    1. I certainly do not suggest that the average medical student is a "stereotypical ancient social neanderthal." Of course medics have a wide variety of hobbies. But (i) there is surel...

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  • Reasons not to test children at risk of adult onset disease
    Anneke Lucassen

    Dear Editor,

    We congratulate Malpas on an eloquent paper but disagree with her conclusions: If it is appropriate to tell a child that they are at risk of some illness in adult life, Malpas argues, then it must be appropriate to tell them if they are actually going on to develop it. Such an action may of course be entirely appropriate for conditions which affect children, or where there is some medical intervention i...

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  • Re: The rhythm method and embryonic death
    Laura L. Lowder

    Dear Editor,

    This is an interesting hypothesis, but the author has lost me in the second paragraph by saying that "rhythm" is the only method approved by the Catholic Church. Whether Bovins has confused rhythm with NFP or presumed the two methods are one and the same, it is an inexcusable error in a scientific report.

    Rhythm is using a calendar, assuming the "standard" 28-day cycle, to guesstimate when ovula...

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  • Ethical review of non-commercial clinical trials
    Peter A Heasman

    Dear Editor,

    Sheard et al. are right to raise awareness regarding the practicality of the ‘approvals process’ for non-commercial clinical trials and the duplicative application process that often involves research governance, ethics, the research sponsor and, for trials involving medicinal products, the MHRA. This can indeed be a time-consuming and often frustrating process. I would, however, like to respond to a num...

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  • Don't Measure A Students Success Based On Your Own Limitations
    Simon Lammy

    Dear Editor,

    The recommendations suggested by C Cowley (Polemic: five proposals for a medical school admission policy J Med Ethics 2006; 32: 491-494) although appearing thoughly insightful purely represent another attempt by another medical educationalist who spends more time thinking about training this great nations future doctors than training them.

    Concerning his first recommendation the fanciful notion...

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