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Love the New Look

I just wanted to say what a great edition of the magazine this is. I love the revamped format and the content, as always, is interesting and informative.

Mark Pierce / Leicester, England

I’ve liked the JHSPH magazine since I graduated from the online coursework a few years ago. When I looked through the recent Fall 2014 edition, I found many more articles that I ACTUALLY READ and wanted to read. Then I saw that this was your “new and improved edition.” It made me realize that maybe it was not an accident. I can say that whatever you did, I like it. So thank you for that change.

Thomas Fame, MD, MPH ’12 / Salem, VA

The new look and the contents are excellent, truly excellent. It is a visual delight and an intellectual gold mine for better human health.

H. Lorrin Lau, MD, MPH ’71 / Honolulu, HI

I have just finished reading the fall issue cover to cover—and in the words of a more recent generation—IT ROCKS!! I will look forward to future issues.

Ann-Michele Gundlach, EdD / JHSPH

Not So Much

The layout of the “new” magazine is beautiful and high quality in paper, design, graphics and text. However, I preferred the substance in text of the old design. I used to curl up and read from it for a few sessions. Now, I open it and zip through in one sitting.

Mary Gardner, MPH ’73 / Skaneateles, NY

A Toast To You

I had to chuckle upon reading the opening paragraphs of the article “Two Friends, 40 Years and One Fresh Cancer Prevention” [Fall 2014].

In it, your author says that the Mandarin toast uttered in unison translates into “To your liver!”

This is where the charm of Mandarin as a phonetic language comes in. Indeed, there are four different tones and four different words for the term gan. One of them does mean “liver,” and a different toned gan is used in the toast gan bei, which means “to dry.” While they share similarities in written script, they are not the same word.

Gan bei as a toast actually means to “dry the glass,” i.e., empty it or bottoms up. Still somewhat related to the liver, but perhaps in a far more indirect way than having billions of Chinese toasting to their livers every day!

Lawrence Loh, MD, MPH ’10 / Toronto, ON

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