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P&S Journal: Fall 1995, Vol.15, No.3
Letters To the Editor

May 4, 1995


Dear Editor:

It was with great pleasure that I read your article about Virginia Kneeland Frantz. She interviewed me for P&S in 1958 and was very much responsible for my entering P&S in the fall of 1959.

Needless to say, I much appreciated everything that she did for me, including making sure that I went to P&S. My children also appreciate her, as I met their mother while a student at P&S, who was a nursing student in the Columbia School of Nursing.

Virginia Kneeland Frantz indeed has played a great role in my life as well as many other former students at P&S.

I enjoyed the article very much and remember her just exactly as the picture in the alumni magazine.

Myron Lewis'63 Memphis, Tenn.

April 14, 1995


Dear Editor:

Nicholas Christy did a masterful job of condensing the McIntosh Era to one page. However, only the latter part of the period was described. The first 15 years were just as dynamic. The interactive teacher, research, resident staff with Monday and Thursday standing "porch rounds" and Friday formal grand rounds brought together all segments of the staff in a way impossible today. The chemist Vera Goettsch with John Lyttle, the nephrologist; Ashley Weech, a magnificent teacher and researcher of protein metabolism; Howard Mason, clinician and physiologist; Ed. Donovan, the pediatric surgeon who had a special pyloric stenosis unit; Beryl Paige, the quiet but productive head of pathology with her associate Dorothy Andersen, all interacted with the clinical staff and created a "family" who could communicate very well. In the late afternoon the residents would often play tennis with staff on the courts just outside. "Rusty" McIntosh was usually one of the players. During the war years, "Rusty" kept track of former house staff by letters to the men overseas. From this early group came at least eight department chairmen with similar numbers from the latter years.

Ruth C. Harris'43M Miamisburg, Ohio

Feb. 28, 1995


Dear Editor:

Peter Wortsman no doubt intended to pay a compliment (p. 39, Winter 1995) to Kenneth Forde'59 when he wrote, "...he is that rare phenomenon, a surgeon with heart..." However, that leaves the rest of us surgical phenoms wondering whether we are also rare or just heartless.

Henry F. Kramer'45 Holden, Mass. March 1, 1995


Dear Editor:

I was delighted to receive my copy of the journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University, Volume 15, No. 1, Winter 1995, today. As is always the case, it is a quality publication.

I am intrigued by one fact appearing twice in the magazine. There are two references to Jean-Claude Michel indicating that he was a member of the class of 1947.

Having been a member of this class, I did not recall the name as being that of a fellow student nor do I find the name in my 1947 yearbook.

I wonder if a name change has occurred, or if there was an unknown member of the class, or if you are trying to see how carefully the details of articles in the journal are read?

This is no big thing, but tweaked my curiosity.

Robert Stragnell '47 Prescott, Ariz.

May 4, 1995


Dear Editor:

Would you either send to the proper department or correct your information that I am a member of the class of 1946 and not 1947 as listed in Vol. 15, No. 1.

Although I am pleased to be a year younger by some clerical mistake I would prefer to be listed with my classmates.


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