35 e-Letters

  • Just a note
    Luca Parroco

    I was really interested in the Corrupted Blood incident and I want, first of all, thank the author for this article.

    I only wanted to write a little note about two in-game nouns that are used in the article:

    1) The name of the new playable area released by Blizzard Entertainment in September 2005 is called "Zul'Gurub", not "Zul'Gurunb";

    2) the final boss of Zul'Gurub is called "Hakkar", not "Ha...

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  • The use of the Homeric epics to imagine a move from martial to pastoral metaphors
    James R. Kelly

    The use of the Homeric epics to imagine a move from martial to pastoral metaphors is a fascinating project. While the utility of this reading in no way depends on the intentions of the original composers of the epics, there seem to be compelling arguments to suggest that these poets would not have agreed with it.

    Any thematic changes between the Iliad and the Odyssey are not conscious changes by a single poet....

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  • Changed contact details
    Peter Morrell

    Please note author's change of email address.

    Conflict of Interest:

    None declared

  • Modern European Mysticism and Psychological Thought
    susanne stevens

    It is not widely known that the analysis of psychoanalysis and psychology is a developing field of study. One which covers the topics of empathy, consciousness, subtle interactions and topics of interest to people wishing to increase awareness is on line through the Coursera Network, see Title above. It is a serious study of the history of mysticism and religion and it's influence through the practices of various school...

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  • Performance and palliative care: a drama module for medical students
    Marie Danielle Pillar

    We are impressed by Dr Jeffery and colleagues' innovative styles of medical education in the context of communication skills, self-awareness and ethical thought1. However, it is difficult to be convinced that short theatre workshop alone would affect the same results across an entire cohort of medical students for reasons we will detail here. The module does however offer a refreshing method in critically engaging studen...

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  • Medical Theatre - A dramatic improvement in Medical Education
    Jagdish Chaturvedi

    Dear Dr. Kohn

    I was pleasantly surprised when I read your article highlighting the need for role of Theatre in Medical Education. I have been conducting Theatre workshops to teach complex medical topics over the last couple of years and wanted to share with you the work that has gone in so far.

    Please have a look at my website www.medicaltheatre.com to have a feel of what we have been doing. Our current...

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  • At Last Comics Are Relevant
    Francisco M. Branco Germiniani

    Ian C. M. Williams' article on the use of comics as a suitable medium for medical narratives is a timely evaluation of the potential of the comicbook form to address several medical issues. For a medium that is roughly over a hundred years old (although some scholar might argue that comics had their roots in the inception of printed cartoons, whereas others trace back their origins as far as the Bayeux Tapestries or even...

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  • Re:Possible explanations
    Manuel Vazquez Caruncho

    We thank Dr. Ntanda for his interesting remarks, but we disagree with them. We think temporal lobe epilepsy is the most plausible diagnosis because Chopin had paroxysmal crisis as he was disconnected from reality. Sand and Mme Streicher narrated it quite precisely. To the best of our knowledge he had neither alteration in his mental status, nor problems in orientation, nor cognition deficit, thus a confusional state see...

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  • Possible explanations
    Andrew K Ntanda

    I read with interest Caruncho and Fernandez postulation of Chopin possibly having temporal lobe epilepsy, and resultant complex hallucinations. I was struck by a few other explanations which could account for these bizarre phenomena. He was in a state of poor health, and could have had a few subacute confusional state in clear consciousness. Secondly it is not uncommon for truly gifted people such as Chopin to have synaes...

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  • Re:Composing causes of death and disease
    Manuel Vazquez Caruncho

    We thank van Bodegom and Engelaer for their interesting letter. They pose a fundamental philosophic and practical issue in modern medicine: causation. Nevertheless, we did not intend to elaborate a causal network of the diseases of Chopin. Our aim was to find an explanation to a few biographical accounts of the composer and make a retrospective clinical diagnosis. Our diagnostic guess is a syndromic one as we can't provi...

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