However, I was, like most readers, surprised and disappointed to learn that chicken soup does not possess the therapeutic qualities we had all come to believe. I wonder if research is backed up by fact. Does Prof. H. Aman have figures to back up his claims? Or are they all stuck up at the Ahasuerus Research and Scientific Enterprises labs. Anna Lowenstein, London N10
Daniel Sugarman (JC, March 10), writing about the significance of the Hatikvah, attributes the tune to a Romanian folk tune. In fact it was composed by Czech composer Smetana. The Hatikvah melody is from his Vltava (the Moldau river) and is part of the symphonic cycle Ma Vlast (my homeland).