American Tragedy

Dear MedicineNet.com Viewers,

It is now the five year anniversary of one of the most shocking events ever to befall our country. Every American and many others throughout the world have been affected by September 11, 2001. This month we will all be called upon to reflect on what it all means to us.

During the week of the tragedy five years ago, I wrote the following editorial comments. They still apply at this somber time.

Sincerely,

William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
Chief Medical Editor, MedicineNet.com


The suffering from the unspeakable historic tragedy that has befallen those involved in and affected by the disasters in New York City, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania calls all human beings to humbly reflect on the significance of life and health.

The emotions resulting from such inhumanity are wide-ranging. Emotions that will be felt both near and far include shock, horror, surprise, pride, hope, anger, anxiety, and even elation when a life has been saved. It will be important for us all to work through these very normal emotions as we witness the devastation that has affected so many men and women.

On behalf of our entire physician and staff team, as well as the of MedicineNet.com, I wish to express our sincere condolences to the families of those affected by these horrific acts. I also wish to express our hope for the speedy healing of wounds that will be deeply felt for some time.

Sincerely,

William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
Chief Medical Editor, MedicineNet.com


Last Editorial Review: 8/27/2002