Dr. Sims Announciation for ISMS
Air in wing rotated nowl Medical Society Sheds Light On Work, Private Life of M.D. Ever wonder how big a workload your doctor carries--or what his private life is like? The 'Illinois State Medical Society today disclosed t h o answers to these and other questions it asked of its 10,000 members in a survey designed to yield a profile of the average physician. On the professional side, the study reveals that more than 90 percent of Illinois physicians are engaged in private practice. At least 64 percent have their own offices, "while 21 percent work in partnership with a colleague. The average physician, according to the survey, treats an average of 118 patients a week- including 91 in his office, 23 in the hospital and four in their homes. He also writes an average of 20 prescriptions daily, in addition to prescribing purchase of sick-room supplies and over-the- counter items. The study, shows that one- third of Illinois State Medical Society members are general practitioners, while the remaining two-thirds are medical specialists. Heading the list of medical specialties is internal medicine, at 12.1 percent. It is followed by general surgery, 8.5 percent; obstetrics-gynecology, 5.5 percent; pediatrics, 5 4 percent; psychiatry, 4 6 percent; opthal- mology, 3 5 percent; radiology - roentgenology, 3.4 percent; orthopedic surgery, 2.6 percent; and anathesilology, 2.5 percent. Some 25 other medical specialties practiced each compromise two percent or less of all Illinois physicians. The survey also sheds light on some personal characteristics of the physician. Some 60 percent of the state's doctors are equally divided between the ages of 35 to 45 and 45 to 55. They are predominantly family men. More than 92 percent are married and have an average 2.5 children. In comparison, Â« 1962 census showed that only 65 percent of all American males were married. Approximately two-thirds of all the state's physicians live in the Chicago metropolitan a r e a , while the remaining downstate physicians spend an average of two weeks per year in Chicago. 01 the Chicago visitors, the study shows that six days are spent for professional purposes, four days for pleasure only and four days for both work and pleasure. Like most residents of smaller communities who come to the big city, the study shows that downstate family doctors purchase clothing and theater tickets more frequently than all other items during their Chicago visits. Dining in Chicago is a twice- a-month or less experience for 54.5 percent of Illinois State Medical Society members living outside the Chicago area. A quarter of all downstate physicians never come to dine in Chicago unless they are visiting for another purpose. The survey also showed that over 91 percent of state medical society members own automobiles, compared with only 74 percent automobile ownership for'all U. S. families. The average number of cars owned by physicians is 1.3 and the average number of miles that the physician drives per year in his own car is 14,967. The average Illinois physician a l s o attends approximately three out-of-town professional meetings annually In addition, at least one out of every two doctors has lectured or had a scientific papef published within the past five years. But whether on a trip or at home, the physician likes to take pictures for his personal family album. A camera is the recreational item most frequently purchased by an Illinois phy sician. Over 72 percent of state medical society members have purchased a camera during the past five years Ranked in order of greatest number purchased, other recreational items acquired by Illinois physicians over the past five years include golf, photo, fishing, hunting, boating, bowling, camping and skiing equipment. Based on these survey findings, a stylized cartoon of the physician's profile has been adopted as the identifying symbol of the Illinois State Medical Society. Dr. Edward A. Piszczek, president, said the society has called t h e characterization "Dr. SIMS" because the inverted letters of the name represent the society's initials, ISMS. Said Dr. Piszczek: "For the first time, the public will be able to identify the 'personality' of the Illinois State Medical Society. 'Dr. SIMS' will carry on the society's campaign for the prevention of disease and for progress in public health. " 'Dr. SIM'S' face and form will accompany health messages appearing in newspapers, on outdoor billboards and public transportation car cards, on television, in brochures placed Wed., Aug. 5, 19M Edwardsville Consumers Some On Cattle WASHINGTON (AD--An Agriculture DepartmeLt report showed today that slightly less than half the oig decline in cattle prices that started early 1963 has been passed on to consumers in the form of lower retail prices of beef. Figures supplied by the report showed that prices of choice grade slaughter steers sold at Kansas City, a representative livestock market, averaged $24.44 a hundred pounds during the first five months 1963. During the like period this year, the average price was $21.46, or 12 per cent less tha v n a year earlier. By comparison, retail prices of choice grade beef averaged 82.5 cents a pound during the first five months of last year, but 77.6 cents in the like this year. This represented a decline of 5.9 per cent in the retail'prices. Some farm groups have complained that the full effect on the cattle price decline had been passed along to consumers. These complaints played a role in action of Congress, recom- Tons Per Figure' in DIXON SPRINGS--The "magic figure" in greenhouse tomato production is 100 tons per acre. Producers doing a good jog can reach the 100-ton barrier with a spring and f a crop. But this year a single spring crop grown in a Mylar- covered house produced t equivalent of 104 tons per reports horticulturist Bill Courier of the University of Illinois Dixon Springs Agricultural Center. Courier made the barrier- breaking yield with two greenhouse tomato varieties t h have been consistently h i yielders, Michigan - Ohio Hybrid and Ohio WR-7. All tomatoes in the 104-ton yield were in physicians' offices and on drug store posters throughout Illinois. In addition, a special 'Dr. SIMS' voice has been developed which will be heard a state-wide series of ISMS- produced radio messages."