Letters to the editor of the Globe Magazine

Readers weigh in on stories about the human instinct to acquire stuff and palliative care.

Greening Our Brains

Dr. Ann-Christine Duhaime is on the right track, but she left out the “hunting and gathering” factor (“The Powerful, Intoxicating, Never-Ending Appeal of Stuff,” May 21). Humans used to have to hunt hours for their food to survive. Now we can drop $10 at a fast-food place and get 1,200 calories in a very short time. This leaves us with an unsatisfied hunting and gathering instinct. When we go into a Target, Walmart, or another store, we stand there with the urge to hunt and gather, not for food but for stuff.

Richard Stefanik

Chester, New Hampshire

Care and Concern

Palliative care isn’t just for cancer patients (“How to Live With Cancer,” May 21). My husband’s cardiologist had referred us to Dr. Vicki Jackson, one of the physicians interviewed in the article, for palliative care for congestive heart failure. Her calm assertion that palliative-care patients live longer and with a better quality of life is so true. Told he had two to three months to live, my husband lasted for five months under her care and had very high quality of life up until his last few days. Her explanations, caring attitude, and coordination with his other doctors made a difference for him and for me. I thank her for that gift.

Judith Nitsch



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