In Response to: Canceling the P-rade

The letter from Alan Flippen ’84 on the P-rade cancellation (Inbox, July 11) was ill-advised. I have served on the board of Lightning Strike and Electric Shock Survivors International and written a widely referenced article on the medical aftereffects of a lightning strike (“Overlooked Diagnoses in Chronic Pain: Analysis of Survivors of Electric Shock and Lightning Strike,” Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine). I am not risk-averse, having played varsity lacrosse at Princeton, raced F production cars, and shot the Big Five in Kenya, but to be outside in a lightning storm is foolhardy. Most lightning strikes occur on the periphery of the storm. Kudos to the people who canceled the P-rade.

Nelson Hendler ’66, MD
Cambridge, Md.; former assistant professor of neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins