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How to Subscribe

We now host a growing number of E-Mail Support Groups. They are e-mail based ListServer systems that allow you to Subscribe and/or Unsubscribe to e-mail mailing lists that will provide information about neurosurgical related diseases, disorders and treatments from a "Patient-to-Patient" perspective.

The new lists are:

  • SAH@brain.mgh.harvard.edu - Brain Subarachnoid Hemorrhage (SAH) (Public - Unmoderated List - Open Subscriptions)
  • AVM@brain.mgh.harvard.edu - Brain ArterioVenous Malformations (AVMs) (Public - Unmoderated List - Open Subscriptions)
  • Aneurysms@brain.mgh.harvard.edu - Brain Aneurysms (Public - Unmoderated List - Open Subscriptions)
  • ProtonBeam@brain.mgh.harvard.edu - Brain Proton Beam RadioNeurosurgery (Public - Unmoderated List - Open Subscriptions)

These e-mail lists also generate Web Forums:

You can use either method (E-Mail ListServer or Web Forum) or both to access "Patient-to-Patient" information about neurosurgical related diseases, disorders and treatments.

There are a number of issues that should be considered before you join these or any E-Mail List Support Groups:

  • These E-Mail List Support Groups are designed as a Patient-to-Patient information resource. Some lists may also have a number of professional members that watch, listen and occasionally respond to posted questions. Information directly from MGH Neurosurgical Service may also be posted to members of these lists. The opinions expressed in these MGH Neurosurgical Service E-Mail Support Groups are the opinions of the individuals involved. They do not reflect any official opinions or positions of MGH Neurosurgical Service.
  • MGH Neurosurgical Service is not engaged in rendering professional medical or other healthcare services. All medical and other healthcare information that is discussed on any of these lists should be carefully reviewed by the individual reader and their qualified healthcare professional. Any actions taken based on the information found in the MGH Neurosurgical Service E-Mail Support Groups are entirely the responsibility of the individual and healthcare professionals involved in such actions.
  • Unlike the MGH Neurosurgical Service GuestBook, the messages will be posted only to other members on the list. Any messages that you submit to these E-Mail List Support Groups will be public messages and will be posted to other members of the list (i.e., they should not be considered private mail). Message archives will be made but they will not be available to the public.
  • The membership of these lists will not be made available to the public. However, if you post e-mail messages to these lists, your e-mail address will be available to all others on the list. If you feel that you have been harassed, either by e-mail, regular mail, by telephone, or in any other way, by someone on this list, please report it to the PageServant - the "List Owner" is the MGH Neurosurgical Service. Anyone engaging in any form of harassment will be unsubscribed.
  • Netiquette: There are standard rules of etiquette that apply to those who subscribe to these e-mail lists. Please see the basic guide to Netiquette as a condition of joining any of these lists. These rules may change at any time so please refer to the page indicated.
  • List User Guidelines: Additional rules as a condition of joining these lists may apply depending upon the specific list. Please see the individual ListServer Lists below. These rules may change at any time so please refer to the page indicated.
Public E-Mail List (Public List - Unmoderated - Open Subscriptions)
    Definition: E-Mail list open for subscription by the general public. Rules of Netiquette apply, and specific guidelines also apply, e.g.:

    • SAH@brain.mgh.harvard.edu - Brain Subarachnoid Hemorrhage (SAH) (Public - Unmoderated List - Open Subscriptions)
    • AVM@brain.mgh.harvard.edu - Brain ArterioVenous Malformations (AVMs) (Public - Unmoderated List - Open Subscriptions)
    • Aneurysms@brain.mgh.harvard.edu - Brain Aneurysms (Public - Unmoderated List - Open Subscriptions)
    • ProtonBeam@brain.mgh.harvard.edu - Brain Proton Beam RadioNeurosurgery (Public - Unmoderated List - Open Subscriptions)

        Netiquette Guidelines with list user guidelines.

        To subscribe, send e-mail message to

          LISTSERV@brain.mgh.harvard.edu with
          SUBSCRIBE ListName YourFirstName YourLastName
            Current ListNames are:
              SAH
              AVM
              Aneurysm
              ProtonBeam

          For example,in the body of the message type

          SUBSCRIBE Aneurysm JohnJane Doe

Private E-Mail List (Private List - Moderated - Selected Subscriptions)
    Definition: E-Mail list open for subscription only by submission of a subscription request to a "List Moderator." Rules of Netiquette apply, and specific guidelines also apply.

Joining a List (Public & Private Lists)

    Follow the directions outlined above.

      For the (Public List - Unmoderated - Open Subscriptions), the ListServer will respond with an e-mail message indicating the success or failure of your attempt. If successful, three messages with additional instructions will be sent to you
      • A subscription notification
      • A set of directions about how to set your user preference and post e-mail to the group
      • A "Welcome Message" from the list

      For the Private Moderated Lists, your request will be processed manually, and when you are added to the list, the ListServer will respond with an e-mail message indicating that your subscription has been added. Additional instructions will also be sent to you about how to set your user preference and post e-mail to the group as well as a "Welcome Message" from the AN-Support list.

To Post Messages (Public & Private Lists)

    Once subscribed, messages are posted directedly to the list, e.g.:
    • SAH@brain.mgh.harvard.edu
      or
    • Aneurysm@brain.mgh.harvard.edu
      or
    • AVM@brain.mgh.harvard.edu
      or
    • ProtonBeam@brain.mgh.harvard.edu

To Leave These Lists

    To Leave the Public and Private Lists, send an e-mail message to: ListServ@brain.mgh.harvard.edu containing only
      UNSUBSCRIBE ListName
    in the message body. (Note: Nothing else should be in the body of the message.) The ListServer will respond with an e-mail message indicating the success or failure of your attempt.
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