Letters to the Editor: A Righteous Gentile, Disordered
Tribute to a Hero
Gloria Goldreich’s review (Books, December/January issue) of Toby Belfer Learns About Heroes and Martyrs (Pelican Publishing) refers to “Corrie Ten Bloom, a German Christian who hid Jews.” The woman is actually Corrie ten Boom, a Dutch Christian.
I have taught Holocaust studies in Christian settings for many years and I know that, among evangelical Christians, Corrie ten Boom is the best known rescuer.
What About the Boys?
Rahel Musleah, in “Family Matters: Anorexia—It’s Not about Food” (December/January issue), only peripherally mentions that males may have eating disorders. I have seen increasing numbers of adolescent and young adult males consult me for anorexia in the past few years.
It is important to realize that males can develop eating disorders. Clues in an adolescent male may include a change in eating habits such as becoming a vegetarian or vegan or a decision to eat healthfully. While these changes may not always represent a problem, eating disorders often start when such changes are carried too far. In addition, excessive exercise, difficulty eating in social settings or at family meals may be suggestive of anorexia. Social isolation, deceptive or secretive behaviors or dressing with extra layers of clothing are concerning behaviors. Frequent weighing is also very troubling.
Parents may be the first to suspect a teen has an eating disorder. For all adolescents with anorexia, early diagnosis and treatment often lead to improved outcomes.
Mark A. Goldstein, M.D.
Chief, Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine
Massachusetts General Hospital Harvard Medical School
As I haven’t been to Phoenix in decades, I probably wouldn’t recognize the city (“The Jewish Traveler: Phoenix,” December/January issue). But unless the state capitol has moved, the memorial to the U.S.S. Arizona is located southwest of the Phoenix Art Museum, not southeast. In an address in Phoenix, it is essential to indicate whether it is an avenue or a street, because they are on opposite sides of the city. Giving the address of the state capitol as “17th and Washington” places it either 17 blocks east or 17 blocks west of Central Avenue. When I last saw it, the location was west (i.e., 17th Avenue).
Los Angeles, CA