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React & Respond Spring 2020

Unreadable, Medication Needed, After All These Years


I found the Fall 2019 issue all but unreadable. Chiefly JHSPH propaganda, rather than science and evidence-based reporting, from cover to cover! Text crowded out by sometimes “pretty,” but mostly just aggressively styled, obtrusive images. The article “A New Strategy for Opioids” would have been of chief interest for me, but the graphics prevented me from reading it.

From a magazine from one of the world’s leading schools of public health, I would have expected much better.

Petra Osinski, DrPH ’92, MPH ’84, via email


A New Strategy for Opioids” [Fall 2019] is an excellent account of the situation in your country. I think there’s more to this situation, though, [including] the apparently dysfunctional American health system and the relative unavailability of medication to treat opioid use disorder, both because most physicians choose not to prescribe it and because it’s unaffordable for most people with this disorder. The preference for abstinence-based rehabilitation exposes people to a high risk of relapse and overdose. 

Malcolm Dobbin, via web


This lovely article [“The Man Behind the Curtain,” Summer 2019] reminded me of the days when I frequently talked with Prof. Mosley as a doctoral student in International Health between 2001 and 2006. Beyond discussions on academic studies, we talked about Zhenjiang, Prof. Mosley’s birthplace, and the famous aromatic vinegar that the little town is famous for (among other things). Such wonderful memories! I wish Prof. Mosley good health and continued success in public health. 

Xiaodong Cai, via web