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Bertman and Schachter: Everything you ever wanted to know about, uh...

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Everything you ever wanted to know about, uh...

Almost a century after Helen Putnam, class of 1878, spoke openly about "social diseases," two Vassar M.D.s, Jonathan Bertman '86 and Charles Schachter '86, followed suit - creating an un-squeamish website to address "embarrassing" medical topics: http://www.afraidtoask.com. "The site was born back in 1996, when [Jon and I] looked at the large well-known health sites like WebMD and realized they lacked pictures, graphics, or much detail, especially on sensitive topics," says Schachter. "One of the first topics we tackled was S.T.D.s."

VQ Summer 2002
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