L. C. CHUMBLEY, M.D.
To the editor: I am surprised that you printed Hoffenberg's letter (Ann Intern Med 83:428, 1975), which is essentially a vitriolic critique of a paper by Gilder, "South Africa: Research Worker's Paradise" (Ann Intern Med 82:588, 1975). Gilder reviewed two studies, one psychiatric (1) and the other epidemiologic (2), of societies in South Africa in transition from a preindustrial to an industrial mode of living.
Hoffenberg refers to stresses placed upon families in the Transkei (an independent, black-ruled territory) in which the men have chosen to work on contract in South Africa, entailing separation from their families. He asserts that
CHUMBLEY LC. More on Gilder's South Africa. Ann Intern Med. ;84:222–223. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-84-2-222_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1976;84(2):222-223.
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