Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa on October 1, 1949 · Page 10
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Mason City, Iowa
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Saturday, October 1, 1949
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6-C Sept. 30, 1949 H»»on City Globe-GiZtftte, Mason City. U. New Brain Operation Aids Retarded Child Cleveland, (U.R)-Dr. Charles F. McKahnn, professor of pediatrics at Western Reserve university, has perfected an operation which he contends will improve the mentality of retarded children by 20 per cent. Dr. McKahnn said the operation results in an increased supply of blood to the brain. "Several operations already have been performed with remarkable results," Dr. McKahnn said. The technic involves the hooking up of one of 4 veins from the brain to one of 4 arteries leading to it. The effect would be to have 5 arteries carrying blood to the brain and only 3 veins carrying blood away from it. "The increased blood supply results in an improved intelligence quotient," Dr. McKahnn said. Government Employes Enrolled, in Blue Cross Approximately 1,105,444 em- ployes of federal, state or local governments have been enrolled by 81 Blue Cross Plans located in the United States through 12,440 groups as of April, 1949. According to figures reported by the department of commerce, Blue Cross Plans have enrolled 19.19 per cent of all governmental em- ployes and 16.41 of all employes of the federal government. A breakdown of the membership shows that 389,701 federal government employes are enrolled in Blue Cross through 4,095 groups Private Medicine Has Succeeded VIGILANT CITY HEALTH DEPARTMENT — Pictured above is Bill Reed, city laboratory technician, who is in part responsible for your non-hesitancy to drink city water, bottled milk, eat in the city's numerous restaurants, consume locally sold ice cream and swim in the city's pools. Reed is a member of the vigilant city health department which performs many essential duties safeguarding the health and welfare of Mason City residents. 251,642 state employes are enrolled in 1,956 groups and 464,101 local government employes subscribe through 6,389 groups. RADIO SERVICE FOR CAR AND HOME We Repair All Makes ...Our Work Guaranteed PUBLIC ADDRESS Sales, Rentals, Service HERB and GEORGE m RADIO SERVICE 9 Second Street S. W. Phone 355 Speedy Ride to Hospital Brings Damage Suit Chicago, (U.R)—Sometimes, according to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Nadile, an ambulance can carry a patient to the hospital too quickly. They sued the Scully Walton ambulance service for $52,000 on the ground that -a driver treated them to a "wild ride" while being carried to a hospital for treatment. They said the ambulance traveled at such high speed that a woman companion of the driver became . frightened and struggled with them. They asked damages for what they called the mental and physical consequences of their "ordeal." n Insurance Men Point Out Long Life Span Now Private medical practice in the United States has made life happier, safer and longer. A comparison of the figures of Massachusetts for the period 1856-1865, the earliest reliable data in our country, with those for 1945 shows a drop of 32 per cent in the death rate from all causes combined. Infant mortality in the same period was reduced 82 per cent in Massachusetts and 70 per cent in Great Britain. These statistics are presented by the Metropolitan Life Insurance company, which notes that mortality from typhoid fever lias been virtually eliminated and the same is true of diphtheria, measles, scarlet lever, whooping cough, diarrhea and enteritis, and smallpox. . TB Rate Is Down Great gains have been made against tuberculosis. Less than a century ago the death rate from this disease in Massachusetts was close to 450 per 100,000; now it is less than 40 per 100,000, a reduction of more than 90 per cent. In 1850 the expectation of life of a male at birth was 38.3 years in Massachusetts; in 1940 it was 63.3 years. For white females the corresponding increase was from 40.5 years to 67.6 years. Because there was some added improvement after 1940 it can be safely said that between 1848 and 1948 there was a gain of more than 25 years in the average length of life for males and about 28 years for females. Less Premature Deaths As a result of the gains in longevity in our country millions o people have been saved from pre mature death. The duration o the working period of life ha Push-Button Oxygen Helps in Hospital Cleveland, (U.R)—University hospitals in Cleveland has come up with a new life-saving device operated on the push-button principle. If oxygen is needed quickly, hospital attendants merely push a plug into the wall in any room and the life-giving gas is at hand. University hospitals is one of 4 institutions in the country to have piped-in oxygen. The new methods eliminates the se of the familiar high-pressure yclinders in which -oxygen was elivered before. A steel ball outside the hospitals s the source of the gas, The ball, feet in diameter, holds 440 gal- ons of non-combustible liquid oxygen. The liquid is vaporized and reaches the outlets ready for nstant use. Bad Medicine Moab, Utah, (U.R)—The faces of iidians in southern Utah and northern Arizona turned almost white when they found an ore they'd been using for years to mix war paint was uranium, prime ingredient of atomic bombs. Study Shows Foot Trouble Prevalent Chicago, (U.R)—If you suffer from sore feet, the chances are your boss is suffering right along with you—in his ppcketbook. Sore feet, according to Dr. L. A. Walsh, chairman of the National Association of Chiropodists' committee on industrial foot health, cost American business men about a billion dollars a year. Dr., Walsh said that studies in factories and stores revealed that one in 10 workers' loses from 2 to 7 days a month because of aching "dogs;" He added that one in 6 stays home at least one day a month for the same reason. More than 30 industrial firms are employing chiropodists to help employes fight such ailments as "policeman's heel" and "chauffeur's foot," the doctor reported. "Policeman's heel" is not limited to policemen. It troubles persons who walk pretty constantly on hard floors and results from loss of protective fat beneath skin over the heel "Climate Room" Made for Childbirth Cases Chicago, (U.R)—A "climate room," which varies the temperature from the crisp 50's to the dripping heat of the tropics has been built lor research into eclampsia, one of the greatest threats io childbirth. The weatherman's "dceam room" was built at the University of Chicago's lying-in hospital and dispensary. The room, equipped with controlled temperature and humidity, is designed to determine whether eclamptic convulsions and coma can be warded off. It also will be used to determine what kind ot weather benefits the. eclamptW woman. The disease kills 13 out of .every 100 eclamptic pregnant women in the United States. It may occur at any period in pregnancy but it ii most common during the last 2 or 3 months, and especially during labor. ATHOUGHT Wherever the art of medicine is loved, there also is love of humanity.—Hippocrates. Smallpox, a scourge of the cen- / turies, has almost disappeared' under today's medical system- Occupational diseases have been reduced greatly in the United States since employers started appointing plant physicians. Delivery truck drivers are susceptible to "chauffeur's foot," because of frequent jumping from their trucks to hard pavement. They develop a calloused and painful enlargement of the first ball joints on their feet. Here's a New Emergency Policy MEDICAL EXPENSE For You and Your Family Pays up to $5 9 000.00 (AGGREGATE FOR EACH PERSON) FOR TREATMENT OF (INFANTILE PARALYSIS) POLIO Added Benefits A new Blue Cross service certificate that pays practically the full cost of hospitalization has been introduced in North Carolina by the Hospital Care Association, Inc., Durham. "The new certificate is the most complete health service ever offered to the citizens of North Carolina and is the Hospital Care association's answer to a strong state-wide demand for a service certificate paying the full cost of hospital treatment," E. M. Herndon, executive vice president, said. AT BARON'S PERFECT FIT ... PRECISION WORKMANSHIP Nurses' UNIFORMS Attractive, details on fine quality mercerized, sanforized poplin and nylon uniforms. Your choice of styles in. high- low convertible necklines, long and short sleeves. Detachable buttons, roomy pockets. Sizes 12-44 POPLIN UNIFORMS 3.98 < 0 5.98 NYLON UNIFORMS 10.98 .nd 12.98 Mezzanine Floor SLIPS .. ....... . ..... . as low as $2.98 BRAS ..,...,... M . OT . W ,. as low as $1.00 BARON'S Open a Baron's Personal Charge Account been greatly extended, making possible increased production and a higher standard of living for the American people. Huge numbers have been enabled to reach the older ages, having enjoyed a full life, freed, for the most part, from the heavy impact of the diseases which plagued the population a hundred years ago. Widowhood and orphanhood, which in decades past produced enormous demands on our charities and welfare services, have been greatly reduced. Social service workers no longer need concentrate their energies ,on patching up the maladjustments that result from the premature death of a breadwinner, but can now use their skills on positive programs. Noteworthy Gains Current prosperity and leadership of the United States in world affairs'flow in good part from the achievements of the last century in the field of medicine and its auxiliary health services. The Metropolitan's statistical bulletin of last November forecast a probably all-time low for the tuberculosis death rate in 1948. "Among the many millions of industrial policy holders of the Metropolitan Life Insuraiice company, the death rate for the firbt 10 months of the year was 13 per cent below that for the corresponding period of 1947, the previous minimum. Particularly noteworthy is the fact that among insured white females the rate has fallen below 20 per 100,000 in recent years. That such a low level could be attained, especially in the urban wage-earning families, would have been thought impossible a generation ago. Important Notation "Among white male policyholders the decline between 1911-1915 and 1943-1947 exceeded 90 per cent in the ages under 35 years, whereas at 55 to 64 years the drop was 67 per cent and at 65 to 74 it was 52 per cent. "It is important to note that the peak rates now prevailing at the older ages reflect primarily the reactivation of tuberculosis lesions acquired in earlier life. These older people are survivors from a period when the disease was widespread. A few generations ago relatively few people were free ot tuberculosis contacts, particularly in urban areas. According to studies at that time, virtually everyone who reached adult life reacted positively to the tuberculin test, thus showing evidence of infection. "This is no .longer true. Even in urban areas a surprisingly large proportion of young people have escaped infection, as shown by the percentage of non-reactors to tuberculin tests." Bright Prospects The average length of life (expectation of life at birth) in the United States jumped from 49.24 years at the beginning of the century to 66.6L years in 1946, an increase of about 17i- years. "Ths prospects are bright, indeed," notes the Metropolitan's bulletin, "for adding more years to the average length of life in the near future." In P. K. Whelpton's "Forecasts of the Population of the United States, 1945-1975," an average length of life of 68.4 years is shown for 1960 and 71.4 years for 1975. the Cerro Gordo County Medical and Dental Societies Has provided us with a successful health program for nearly a quarter century. Our American way of life has provided xis with the highest standard of living in the world. We believe in the freedom of this great land. May the future of the Medical and Dental societies remain in the realm of Free Enterprise. MONAGHEN DENTAL LABORATORIES 15 Brick & Tile BIdg. PHONE 494 Also These 8 DREAD DISEASES Encephalitis • Scarlet Fever Leukemia Smallpox Tetanus Rabies Diphtheria Spinal or Cerebral Meningitis Pays up to $1,000.00 (AGGREGATE FOR EACH PERSON) FOR TREATMENT OF CANCER 1 out of every 8 is presently marked to die of cancer. This high rate can be reduced greatly through knowledge and prompt diagnosis and treatment. United Benefit Life Insurance Co. 416-420 FIRST NATIONAL BANK Phone 503 Mason City, low* J. J. WOLSFELD, DIV. MGR. COMPANION COMPANY TO MUTUAL BENEFIT H. & A. ASS'N. PROFESSIONAL ADVICE And care help you to a clean bill of health. And so it is with Professional Laundry, our economical laundry which saves wear and tear on you and all your washables! Don't be victimized by blue Mondays, aching muscles,'short temper. Let us shoulder your laundry burden in the easy, scientific way with no extra charge for germicidal control. Cleanliness Means Good Health Our dry cleaning sterilizes — revitalizes ... a clean well kept home aids your family to good health. Let us clean your household effects, giving them new life and longer wear. Six Months' Report More than $16,000,000 was paid to hospitals and doctors for services to Michigan Blue Cross and Blue Shield subscribers during the first 0 months of 1949, William S. McNary, executive vice-president, Michigan Hospital Service, Detroit, has announced. They Go Together... Clean Clothes .. Good Health .. Marshall & Swift Phone 789 For Prompt Courteous Service Of the 22,739 students in medical schools of the basic medical sciences in the United Slates, 55.6 were veterans in 1947-48. Seventy- five of the veterans were women. 1 Marskall & Svrift. L I CLEANERS-FURRIER/ I , LAUNDERERS

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