I’m horrified by the current trend of parents who refuse (on dubious grounds) to vaccinate their children against dangerous and preventable infectious diseases [“Vaccine experts: It’s time to ‘nudge’ hesitant parents,” Local News, Feb. 7]. Growing up in the1940s and ’50s, I saw friends crippled from polio and I was confined to home during the summer…More
As pediatricians, we have seen the benefit of immunization: the elimination of once-common diseases [“It’s time to end all debate on vaccines,” Opinion, Feb. 5]. Every day, we counsel parents about vaccines. We know they want to do what is best for their child. So do we. Most parents accept immunization, but not all. Un-immunized children can acquire and transmit measles — igniting outbreaks and endangering our community.
The public conversation spurred by the current measles outbreak suggests this risk is no longer tolerable. HB 2009 proposes eliminating personal belief exemptions from school immunization requirements. Will this increase immunization rates? Perhaps, but marginally. But it is very likely toMore
Thank you for the editorial “It’s time to end all debate on vaccines” [Opinion, Feb. 5]. I might go further: We have rules that require children to have their shots in order to start school. Enforce them. If parents object — and they certainly have that right — then they may need to home-school…More
I wish to applaud Carrie Dennet’s article, “How to help a college student with an eating disorder” [Health & Fitness, Nov. 9.] As Dennet explains, “An eating disorder isn’t a lifestyle choice or an example of an extreme diet.” It is, in fact, a mental-health condition and a public-health concern. Thanksgiving break is a…More
I’ve been on both sides of this story [“The fears of balancing pregnancy and a career,” Opinion, Oct. 25]. I delayed marriage and childbearing for my career (I’m a surgeon). I was blessed beyond belief with marriage to a good man in my late thirties and three healthy children soon thereafter.
My maternity leaves were a real burden on my associate. The work of a surgeon doesn’t just go away because a mother is at home bonding with her baby. Someone has to pick up the slack. And in this case it was my already hardworkingMore
In response to the letter “It is unethical” [Northwest Voices, Oct. 26], I would simply say, “Tell that to the suffering ALS patient, doomed to die an extremely horrible death, who can’t even avail themselves to ending their misery because they wouldn’t be able to self-administer.” People who are going to die in this…More
In Froma Harrop’s column about Brittney Maynard and the “Death with Dignity” law, Harrop failed to explain the ethical battle that physicians face and how the law is fundamentally incompatible with the physician’s role as healer [“ ‘Death with Dignity’ law is least slippery slope,” Opinion, Oct. 21]. Upon graduation from medical school, most physicians…More
Not one city in Snohomish County is contributing a dime toward ensuring our public-health system is strong and ready to respond to health situations that impact us all [“Fund Public Health — Seattle & King County, for much more than Ebola response,” Opinion, Oct. 13]. Communicable diseases such as tuberculosis and the emergence of…More
More sleep leads to better education The new school year once again revives the controversy over school start times [“Pediatricians’ Rx for school: Later start lets kids sleep,” News, Aug. 25]. Recent articles in The Wall Street Journal and Seattle Times refer to data showing start times earlier than 8:30 a.m. have numerous negative effects…More
Seattle voters will have a great opportunity to provide continued support to our parks [“Proposition 1 enrages, divides Seattle parks supporters,” Opinion Northwest, July 24]. Proposition 1 will create a Park District for our city, which is a proven way to deliver stable, sustainable funding for our parks, sports fields, and community centers. Parks…More