Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa on October 1, 1949 · Page 9
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Medicine-Education Analogy Fallacious, Says Economist of Chicasro—Proponents of socialized medicine who point to the role of government in education in support of their stand are drawmg an unwarranted analogy according to Frank G. Dickinson! Ph. D., director of the American Medical association bureau medical economic research. Dr. Dickinson, who taught eco- ^npmics at the University of Illinois for a quarter century, said medical care in its entirety is so fundamentally different from education that there appears little or no basis for comparison. "To point out any superficial likeness is to overlook the basic function of medicine, to disregard the real role of the physician, to lose sight of the very end to be desired—better medical care for the American people," he said. "The fundamental difference between teaching and practicing .medicine arises out of the fact that the teacher is concerned with a large, fairly standardized group of persons in a class or grade while the doctor must of necessity be concerned with the individual. "The public school teacher presents subject matter which is standardized to a degree to a large class composed of children or young people of somewhat similar k intellectual development who presumably enjoy normal health. Her primary purpose is to teach her students to do things for themselves. Education lends itself to group organization. "The physician's interest must lie in the individual patient. The physician cannot administer the same treatment to a large groiip cf persons—25 boys and girls,in ' one class or grade. He must diag r nose each case separately and select the proper treatment for each patient. From infancy to old age the medical needs of an individual undergo continual change and the doctor must be able to administer medical treatment to people of all age groups. He is concerned with the differences, not the similarities in persons. "The physician, if he is to perform his work at all let alone maintain a high quality of medical care, cannot offer a standardized product. His services are not adaptable to government regulation and organization, to fixed rules and basic standards — the necessary concomitants of any national compulsory scheme. In fact, the physician would be rendered powerless to fulfill his primary obligation to his patient if condemned to such uniformity." Dr. Dickinson said the government can function efficiently in public health services involving problems of sanitation, the water- supply, food handling in public eating places, communicable diseases and similar matters which concern large groups of persons. Keep Moth Balls Away From Children Chicago — Sucking moth balls can cause severe poisoning in children, warn 2 Detroit doctors. Four cases in which 2-year-old youngsters were made acutely ill by eating moth balls of naphthalene are reported in the current Journal of the American Medical association by Drs. Wolf W. Zuel- zer and Leonard Apt of Wayne university college of medicine. The substance caused an anemic condition, they explain. All 4 children recovered completely after receiving blood transfusions and other treatment. * Now I Hear Like \ t A Girl of 20... Thanks to Be]tone's New "IHVKIBU ELECTRONIC UK" Imagine yourself hearing clearly again —even when people whisper! Imagine being able to catch every word— effortlessly, without straining —as though you had never been deaf! Now—thanks to Beltone's new "Invisible Electronic Ear"—thousands are re-capturing hearing power in a way they never dreamed of. 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Better Understanding Between Press and Medical Profession DCS Moiiies, (IP) —Greater understanding between the medical profession and the press and radio was advocated at the Iowa State Medical society's first med^al-press-radio conference. A panel discussion on "mutual interests of the press,, radio and the practice of medicine" comprised the morning session. Dr. Nathaniel G. Alcock of Iowa City, president of the state medical society, said he believed the press and radio were fair and just and that in common with tie medical profession they had an understanding of the problems of human relationships. Dr. Fred Sternagel of West Des Moines, chairman of the ISMS committee on public relations, told medical men present that one of their primary jobs "is to get out and do footwork against proposals of socialized,, medicine." He invited the press and radio to speak frankly on their relationships with the medical profession. Gulf in Past Kenneth MacDonald, executive editor of the Des Moines Register and Tribune, asserted that in the past there had been a gulf between medical men, as men of science, and the press as an agency in the world of laymen. This gulf has narrowed in recent years, MacDonald said, and today the need for common understanding is greater than ever. "The development of nuclear fission has made it necessary for the layman to understand science in order that our democratic society may \visely exercise popular controls in this field," he said. MacDonald asserted that basically all that press and radio ask of the medical profession "is that you be willing to talk with our reporters when they seek information which is in the public interest." He urged increased co-operation from doctors and hospitals in providing information on legitimate news stories and on picture arrangements. Can Be Solved F. C. Grawe, editor of the Waverly Democrat and Bremer County Independent, said there arc no problems which cannot be solved by the willingness of medical mei and the press to talk together. Edward Breen, manager of Sta tion KVFD-KFMY at Fort Dodge said he was convinced there wa widespread support for the med ical profession's stand against so cialized medicine. He criticizec the government "for leavin (Schick) hospital at Clinton prac tically vacant because somebod> in Washington wanted to builc hospitals somewhere else." Breen said the prime problem of th medical profession is to provide more doctors. Dr. Donald C. Conzett of Dubuque, program chairman, said the medical profession would work toward greater co-operation with press and radio. Dr. Wayland K. Hicks of Sioux City, chairman of the ISMS co-ordinating educational committee, presided. Diabetes Week Here Oct. 70 to 76 The Cerro Gordo Medical So- iety and the Public Health Nurs- ng seryice will jointly sponsor a ree urine test for sugar as part if the observance of diabetes de- ection week, Oct. 10 to 16, it was nnounced Wednesday. The program here is a part of a national observance sponsored by :he American^Diabetes association and given approval by the American Medical association with state and county medical societies join- ng in support of the project. This is the 2nd such week sponsored by the association and the first one that has been placed on i a national basis. ' In Cerro Gordo county the county 'medical society will provide the materials and the tests will be made by the Public Health Nursing association, in charge of its director, Beulah Wiedman. Girl's Death Inspires Snake Serum Bank Mosquero, N. Mex., (U.R)—Last summer a 6-year-old girl died of a rattlesnake bite in remote Harding county. There was no rattlesnake serum at hand to treat the little girl. Three veterans organizations in Mosquero, the county seat, have taken steps to see that such a tragedy doesn't happen again. The Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and Legion Auxiliary set up a snake serum bank at Mosquero. Sept. 30, 1949 7-C Cily dlobe-G»ieU«, Mu*n CMyr lb Girl Cuts 3rd Set of Teeth at Age 9 Salt Lake City, (U.R)—Dentists are marvelling over the case of 9-year-old Penny Lee Nielsen. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James R. Nielsen cut her 3rd set of molars this spring. Salt Lake City dentists have looked into her tiny mouth with awe for some time. Penny had her complete set of 24 baby teeth before she was one. She had her 2nd set of teeth at the age of 4. Penny says that the business of cashing in on her old teeth by tucking them under a pillow has given her more spending money than any other girl in the block. TODAY'S HOSPITAL The modern hospital enables one doctor to care for several times as many patients as if ht had to visit their homes individually. Proper Ventilation and Air-Conditioning ARE ESSENTIAL FOR GOOD HEALTH As our contribution to good health to the people of Mason City and vicinity we offer Heating and Air Conditioning Sys- tems which not only Heat and Cool your home but also Cir- culate, Humidify or Dehumidify and clean the air either by filters or electrostatic cleaners. We also offer Sterilizing Lamps Tri-Ethelene Giyoul distributors which will kill air-borne germs and destroy odors. RAY PAULEY CO., Inc. SHEET METAL CONTRACTORS 421-25 South Federal Phone 963 Bar Association Opposed to Medical Plan The American Bar association examined the Wagner bill No. 1161 in 1944 and reported unfavorable on that measure for federal regulation of medicine. Noted the bar association: "Under the medical care now provided in the United States' the highest level of health and the lowest death rate ever known under similar conditions are being maintained. "There are being developed in this country and under our system of free enterprise many plans for providing adequate medical care without paying the price for socialized medicine. These include group and hospital insurance and Blue Cross plans under principles approved 'by the medical profession. The Indigent Excepted "Of all the plans now in effect in foreign countries, none is comparable with the plan proposed by S. 1161 except the Russian system, which involves the complete socialization and regimentation of medicine. Such a pattern, if followed in this country, will inevitably produce a like result. The physician will become merely an unambitious federal employe or a politically ambitious doctor. "Contrary to assertions of the advocates of the measure, the plan covers practically the entire population of the United States except the indigent. 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