Letters to the Editor

Fall 2017: “Reimagining the Future of Health”

Congratulations on the issue celebrating the Susan and Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences, which positions UCI at the forefront of healthcare. Integrative medicine is important in treating diseases from cancer to Alzheimer’s. Scientific discoveries in areas such as epigenetics further demonstrate how health issues can be addressed through diet and behavior as well as drugs.

Evidence suggests that we overprescribe medications. About 70 percent of Americans are on prescription medications (Mayo, 2013). And 13 percent of Americans – including a quarter of women between 50 and 64 – are on antidepressants. Our pain management procedures have created a national opioid crisis. The problems with our healthcare system are reflected in national rankings: We have the world’s most expensive healthcare system, but U.S. healthcare quality ranks somewhere in the 20s.

Integrative approaches to medicine make healthcare less about combating disease and more about creating and maintaining healthy systems.

This is the kind of forward-looking initiative that led my wife (also a faculty member in informatics) and I to come to UCI last year from the University of Wisconsin. We’re proud to be at a place inventing the future instead of chasing the past.

Kurt Squire
Professor, UCI Department of Informatics

Spring 2017: “The Literary Issue”

I had meant to thank UCI Magazine last summer for its comprehensive literary issue, particularly the evocative black-and-white photo of Truman Capote’s campus visit. I was 17 years old and in attendance that day. I bought one of his books and asked him to sign it. He promptly misspelled my name, and when I pointed it out, he tsked quite loudly, scratched it out and wrote it in again. I still have the book.

He gave a moving reading of his work that night, including his well-known “A Christmas Memory.” He was the first of many fascinating people I heard speak at UCI. One important thing I understood about my UCI experience is that I would be able to see plays, speeches, concerts, dance performances and gallery exhibitions for free or at a very low cost, and I seized upon those opportunities every chance I got. Capote’s book signing was the very first. I’m proud to have graduated with my degree in English, with an emphasis in creative writing, in 1981.

Amélie Frank ’81
Van Nuys

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