Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa on October 1, 1949 · Page 14
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Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa · Page 14

Mason City, Iowa
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Saturday, October 1, 1949
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Doctors Had Important Role in War II tlaion Clly Olobe-G»ielte, Mason City, la. Sept. 30, 1949 3-C For 1st Time Disease Deaths Below Bullets 16 Doctors and 7 ^ Dentists From Here * American doctors of medicine and dentists turned the course of history in World war II. For the first time in the long story of armed conflict disease killed fewer soldiers than bullets. Sixteen doctors-and 7 dentists practicing in Mason City served with the armed forces in World war II. v The civilian doctor went into the "service of his country and made the medical standards the highest the world. Disproved forever in was the notion that professiona ^landards of the civilian were no applicable to the army. Ahead of the army medical department when the war broke out was a gigantic task. It had to conserve and maintain fighting strength at the peak level requirec to assure combat superiority. It had to provide the mos healthful conditions and the bes most modern methods of pre- enting and treating diseases and njury. Contrast With 1918 All this was done. The number of soldiers that were kept firing uns and the number of sick and wounded returned to the fighting ranks are- measures of the American physicians' efficiency. The .icalth of the army was the highest and the mortality of the wounded was the lowest in the history of the nation. It was ail made possible by the help of America's superbly trained civilian doctors. The results are startling when contrasted with World war I figures. Meningitis and pneumonia were among the most feared diseases of World war I. Thirty-eight per cent of the meningitis patients died. Twenty-eight per cent of the pneumonia patients died. In World war II the services lost only 4 per cent of their meningitis cases and only 0.7 per cent oJ their pneumonia cases. Low Mortality From T. B. More than 17 per cent of tuberculosis patients overseas died in World war 1 1. Less than 2 per cent died in World war II. The annual death rate per 1,000 for all diseases in the army, excluding surgical conditions, wa 15.6 in World war I. The figure was cut to 0.6 in World war II. This means that 10,000 men would lose 156 of their number by death per year (excluding injures) in World war I, whereas in World war II this division would lose only 6 men by death from disease. The reduction was greater than 95 per cent. Over-all mortality rate among wounded in the army was approximately 3 per cent in World war II. In other words, 97 of every 100 soldiers wounded in battle were saved. Under the most ideal conditions abdominal injuries are associated with a high mortality rate. Yet the death rate in the last war was about 25 per cent in contrast with a rate of over 50 per cent in World war 1. Many Advances The mortality rate of penetrating chest wounds was almost 50 per cent in World War I. 'It was less than 15 per cent in World war II. Fourteen per cent of the head wound'cases died in World war I. Approximately 4 per cent died in World war II. These figures show the high level of medicine in America. Medicine had many advances between the 2 wars. Hospital Bed Building Costs Are Compared Average cost per bed of 9 general private hospitals under construction at this time ranges from $10,655 to $16,188, according to the June issue of "Hospital," the Journal of the American Hospital association. This average is rather low since it does not include some essentials. The average cost per bed for an adequately equipped hospital is estimated "at about $10,000 in large communities. It will run lesb in some areas. Costs of veterans' general hospitals have been ranging much higher because they have included frills which are not regarded as essentials. But even with some o these extras eliminated in an effort to cut down unit cost, the construction expense of genera ospitals for veterans has been unning between $20,000 and $24,00 per bed. The contract for the 200-bed lospital at Marlin, Texas, was let a year ago at an average cost of 123,655. When the veterans' administration earlier this year canceled its plans for hospitals totalr ng 16,000 beds it estimated the saving at an average of $17,500 oer bed. REACH FOR For UNIVERSAL GAS RANGES it's CURRIES 20 East State Phone 17 BREAD AT ITS BEST A THOUGHT But nothing is more estimable than a physician' who, having studied nature from his youth, knows the properties of the human body, the diseases which assail it, the remedies which will benefit it, exercises his art with caution, and pays equal attention to the rich and the poor.—Voltaire. V FAMILY SEfcVICE HELPS' WITH PROBLEMS—Here is a typical scene at the offices of the Family Service, Inc., offices. Shown across the desk is Doris Bruce, general secretary of this agency, consulting with one of the many clients who come to the Family Service office daily. Family Service, Inc., receives its operating funds from the Community Chest. Families Get Free Help With Problems Worry over family problems often leads to both mental and physical breakdowns, and Mason City in recognizing that the family is the backbone of the community offers a special service. The bigger and more personal the problem, the harder it is to go to a close friend or acquaintance for help. But very often, after talking it over with a counselor of the Family Service, Inc., trained to show the person how to understand it more clearly, the individual can work out the solution for himself. It takes a psychology of sorts in addition to a lot of common setise and practical experience in a wide range of field to help discover the solution of many problems. But the Family Service, Inc., goes to the source of troubles of anyone that requests its aid. Not Relief Agency This agency is not a relief agency and all records are confidential. It is a member agency of the Mason City Community They Also Serve ... Behind the scenes where Doctors fight the grim -battle of life and death in the never-ending war against disease and sickness, there is a highly trained, efficient corps of business trained personnel. They handle the necessary business routines of the Doctors, thus releasing them for technical, medical and surgical functions. The Doctor, the Nurse, and the Business Expert are all part of the combat team that carries on the fight against disease and disaster. The Secretary, the Accountant, the Personnel Expert—they also serve! In Mason City a large number of this corps of unseen workers behind the scenes received their training for business in the HAMILTON SCHOOL OF COMMERCE. If you would be interested in joining this magnificent group of men and women in the good work that they are doing, train now for Business. For further information, write or call HAMILTON SCHOOL OF COMMERCE Mason City, Iowa such receives its support from the Chest and as total financial chest. League workers are experienced in helping solve the problems of unemployment, insufficient earning, desertion, illness, and many other troubles, probably two-thirds of which are personality rather than economic. Family problems look pretty big to each individual and each one is sure that nobody else has had to solve exactly the same ones, but, basically, all people face the same difficulties. That is why the experience of Family Service counsellors is valuable in helping many people work out their problems. Service For Anyone The league is non-sectarian and does not discriminate against applicants because of race, sect, or creed. Its service is to help anyone understand the reasons behind the troublesome conflicts which occur in marriage, parenthood, adolescence, old age, at home and in the outside world of school, friends, and employment. In addition to regular case work service, this agency represents the Travelers Aid in Mason City, administers the Globe-Gazette Christmas Cheer Fund and recommendations are made to the child welfare committee of the Kiwanis Club for tonsillectomics and glasses. DENTIST PRACTICE LIMITED TO PLATE WORK 302 SOUTH FEDERAL Mason City CEDAR RflPIDS OESMUINES SIOUX CITY THE MASON CITY Brick and Tile Building Home of Many of Mason City's TOP RANKING .PHYSICIANS . SPECIALISTS .DENTISTS FOR MORE THAN A QUARTER CENTURY FREE ENTERPRISE is the foundation of AMERICA'S INSTITUTIONS Today America is blessea 1 with the highest general level of health and the lowest death rate ever known for a like number of people under similar conditions. Under the FREE ENTERPRISE system medical science has made phenomenal progress. In the last fifty years the life span of men has been increased from 43 years to 68 (for women, 70). This progress is no accident... it is the result of the efforts of generations of Physicians operating as a FREE ENTERPRISE institution. Under our present FREE ENTERPRISE system medical science will continue to progress at an even more rapid pace. In this era of specialization it is most important to maintain our present system of FREE ENTERPRISE if we expect to reap the benefits of better health and better living . . . it's the American way . .. let's preserved. TODAY WE PAY TRIBUTE TO THE MEMBERS OF THE CERRO GORDO COUNTY MEDICAL AND DENTAL SOCIETIES

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