May 2006 Letters to the Editor

Top Docs Follow-up

While your magazine did state that the list of specialties in your “Top Doctors for Women” cover story (March) was not comprehensive, I was disappointed to see that one of the state’s largest specialties was left out of your survey. Family physicians care for patients of both sexes and of all ages. We deliver babies and deal with dozens of women’s health issues on a daily basis. As such, we offer health care for women in the context of their entire lives. As one of my fellow family physicians put it, “Family medicine helped women get excellent comprehensive care long before women’s health was considered an area of expertise by other specialists.” If this is going to be an annual list, I would encourage your magazine to include those primary-care physicians who, when appropriate, help women get connected to these other fine specialists in the first place.

George Schoephoerster, MD
President, Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians
St. Louis Park

As a family practice specialist, and a female, I found a large group of excellent primary-care specialists missing from your list. In this age of skyrocketing medical costs and overscheduled consumers, I would think that the inclusion of a group of physicians who specialize in cost-effective, comprehensive preventive care for the entire family would have at least deserved mention.

Lisa Prusak, MD

Many people are now taking a more holistic approach to health and diet, but there was not one mention in your “Top Doctors for Women” issue of chiropractors, kinesiologists, acupuncturists, or nutritionists. Because of these great doctors, I have not had to see a traditional-medicine practitioner for the past two years, and I feel better than I have in a long time. When modern medicine said it just didn’t know what else to do (except surgery to remove what seemed to be the root of the problem), I turned to a doctor who practices kinesiology, and I haven’t experienced any more health issues. I am not saying that alternative health care is for everyone, but I would like to see it get some recognition.

Jennifer Rinas

Dry Doc

I must respond to the letter writer in your April issue who praised Craig Bowron’s column and wondered what his bedside manner might be like. It was my pleasure to work with Dr. Bowron in the 1990s in my capacity as a respiratory care practitioner (RCP) at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, where he was in residency. I found him to be calm (RCPs are forever alerting physicians to impending respiratory doom), compassionate, whip-smart (he was chief resident), and, of course, possessed of a desiccated sense of humor. Write on, Craig!

Joan Chartier


Greetings from Broomtown, USA! How great it was to see the wonderful article Minnesota Monthly had in its February issue about our city and our Olympic curlers (“Broomtown”). Both the women’s and men’s teams represented us well, and the bronze medal earned by the men was just frosting on the cake. The article was well-written, interesting, and artistically superb. Thank you!

Tom and Sandy Richard

Minnesota Movie Magic

Thank you for your February section regarding both Minnesota filmmaking and my passion, old movie houses. One film you left out was The Personals, which was based on the dating ads in the old Twin Cities Reader. Its soundtrack gave added fame to local boy Paul Westerberg. Also, you missed the old Century Theatre, which was located between Nicollet and Hennepin avenues on Seventh Street, next to the classic Forum Cafeteria. Not a week goes by that a customer does not want to talk with me about some of the old film houses in this town. A little-known fact is that, from the late ’40s to the mid-’60s, there were more movie screens per capita in the Minneapolis area than in any other town in this country. Today that is again the case—and it’s why some in this business are treading water.

You might want to do a follow-up on classic drive-ins: France Avenue, Bloomington, Prior Lake, 100 Twin, Flying Cloud, Starlite, 65-Hi, Colonial, Navarre, Rose, Coon Rapids, Lucky Twin, and St. Croix, to name a few.

Bill Irvine
Owner, Parkway Theatre