July 19, 1996
Mr. George Eisenstadt
Dear Mr. Eisenstadt:
I am in receipt of your letter dated July 17, 1996. I'm afraid that I am going to have difficulty fully complying with your request.
Certainly I can forward to you the names of the patients that I am treating. I can provide you with information regarding the number of hours I have expended with each, a general description of their complaints and even an estimate of their prognosis, once I have formed one.
I cannot, of course, provide you with transcripts of our therapy sessions together or other items covered under the sacred trust of doctor/patient confidentiality. I assume that you are more used to working with general practitioners than with psychiatrists, where this would be less of an issue.
I trust that the materials which I will forward to you under separate cover will be adequate for your review.
Very truly yours,
Charles Balis, M.D.