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Thank you for your article “Body Language” (Summer 2014, page 24) that details UCLA’s Surgical Science Laboratory and the work of Dr. Warwick J. Peacock. As a layperson, I found it fascinating to know that the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA is using innovative techniques to train surgical residents. It is clear Dr. Peacock has a mission and teaches anatomy from an enthusiastic, joyful mindset. The writer describes the “bubble of excitement” experienced by these residents, and as a reader, I could feel it. I also loved reading about Dr. Peacock’s personal journey as a physician, first as a pediatric neurosurgeon who developed new techniques for treating children with cerebral palsy and then his battles with authority to improve patient care along the way. What a force he was to stand up to apartheid policies embedded in hospital care in his native South Africa at the time and move black children from their overflowing ward to the nearly empty white-children’s ward. That same forceful personality is why UCLA has its Surgical Science Laboratory. Kudos to the writer, Lyndon Stambler, for providing so much rich detail about Dr. Peacock’s life and giving us a strong sense of his empathic character and his enthusiastic and humorous personality. His saying to residents, “Make sure you’re not cutting into the bowel. It spoils the day,” made me laugh out loud. As a teacher, I want to share this article with other teachers; Dr. Peacock models how important it is to transfer enthusiasm to students. That is what teaching needs to be about everywhere. Finally, I was impressed that UCLA treats the donated bodies with such dignity, even building rituals of respect and gratitude toward the deceased into the training for these residents. “Picturing Pain” (Summer 2014, page 4) was a great article, one of the many I enjoyed in U Magazine. Artwork is a great way to connect with the suffering of patients. Compassionate care resulting from understanding the nonverbal world of our patients is something I have worked with for many years as a gastroenterologist caring for patients who have chronic disorders or cancers. I found the article validating and inspiring to continue the journey toward healing the body and spirits of people in need. And many of the artworks were deeply moving in ways beyond words. Jesse Lachter, MD Rambam Healthcare Campus Technion-Israel Institute of Technology Haifa, Israel Cheryl Miller Los Angeles, California With every step of the way Voted Best in the West / Over 150 neighborhood offices From our extensive network of primary care offices and specialty clinics to our four renowned hospitals, UCLA has you covered. Consistently ranked Best in the West by U.S.News & World Report, the world looks to UCLA for leading-edge medicine. But you need only look around the corner. 1-800 -UCLA-MD1 (1-800 -825-2631)