Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa on October 1, 1949 · Page 21
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Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa · Page 21

Mason City, Iowa
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Saturday, October 1, 1949
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County Patient Receives Aid at Iowa City Cerro Gordo Quota Is Set at 122 Each county welfare office has a special privilege of sending patients to the University hospitals in Iowa City. One hundred twenty-two patients in Cerro Gordo county may receive medical treatment at the University hospitals in Iowa City free of charge this year. That i's the quota set-up for the county and paid for out of the state treasury. Often a family living on an average salary has a run of hardships and cannot meet the expense of a doctor's bill and hospital costs. These people are eligible for free treatment at Iowa City. The welfare board usually sends cases to Iowa City whjere the treatment for the illness would otherwise run up into the thousands of dollars because it is already paid for there. Still, it is not necessary to have that large an expense before applying for aid as everyone needing it is given help. If a patient needs to return 6 or 8 times a year to Iowa City for check-up it does not take that many numbers off the county quota but counts as one case. Recommendation Needed Obstetrics and orthopedic cases do not count against the county quota. Nor does a psychopathic case* A recommendation is necessary from the local doctor for Iowa screens the case, and if the patient is eligible, arrangements are immediately made for entrance to he hospital. A special service is provided by .he hospitals. This is a state-wide ambulance service conducted bv :he hospitals' own fleet of 22 cars. Faster and easier on the patient, :he large cars transport patients from any of Iowa's 99 counties to the hospitals in a day or less at a cost 34 per cent below that of any other means of transportation to the hospitals. Patients are also returned home in the ambulance. ' The hospital does not furnish transportation for psychopathic cases, feeling they are not responsible for the mental patient's actions and someone should be on hand to watch him during the trip. Can Pay Part There is also an aid available to people who can pay part of their bill but cannot manage the complete amount needed for their treatment. They make out clinical pay papers. The patient pays hospital expense, usually paying about 50 per cent on x-rays and lab fees. There is no charge for the doctors. The county welfare board spends about 5 times as much money on medicine and medical treatment as it does for anything else. For the month of July, out of 112 cases in the office costing $6,022.18 at least 75 per cent were in need of medical treatment. County aid gives the patient the choice of any medical doctor or of either hospital in the city if it is local treatment. A state resident can receive help at Iowa City regardless of how long he has been in a county but he has to reside 2 years in a county to be eligible for local welfare aid. THIS WOMAN WEARS A HEARING AID "Impossible 1 ." you say! Where's the button? Where's the receiver? The answer is that there is no button or receiver in her ear, yet sound is transmitted with power a"nd clarity. It's all made pc-ssibleby the amazing "HIDEAWAY" that is {hidden completely in the folds of the ear. Yes, here is the ultimate in concealment for the hard- of-hearing. No one can suspect... or even guessthat you're wearing an aid! PRICES REDUCED TO $75 ... Why Pay More? DR. J. H. LEPPER Hearing Aid Specialist Mason City's Hearing Aid Center 28 First Street S. E. — Mason City, Iowa Batteries For All Makes — Mail Orders Solicited Stork Club Misses Out on Vital Statistics Bowling Green, Ohio, (U.R)— When John James and Dean McMurray took over the Bettsville (Ohio) Community Weekly, they created a "Stork Club" standing headline to appear over birth announcements. A week later there were no birth announcements. I n st e a d there was this explanation: "Due to conditions beyond our control there was no meeting ot the Stork Club this week." One of America's greatest contributions to medicine was the discovery of the use of anaesthetics for operations. CARE OF PATIENT EMPHASIZED—Student Nurse Margaret Miller checks a patient's blood pressure and Cyrilla Manlove is shown checking an I V set-up as Mrs. Kay Cavanaugh, clinical instructress, observes their technique. Nursing not only calls for skill and technical training but for much sympathy and understanding as well. Miracle Drugs Foreseen Years Ago, Brewer Says Buffalo, N. Y., (U.Ri—The possibilities of such "miracle drugs" as . penicillin and streptomycin were hinted at as far back as the turn of the century by a German chemist doing research in the science of brewing and fermentation, according to a Buffalo brewery executive. Howard Hazen, vice president of the Schreiber Brewing Co., presented the University of Buffalo chemistry department with what he described as a "priceless" set of books on the chemistry o[ fermentation. The set, Wagner's technical chemical yearbooks for 1852-1902, was said to be the most definitive of its kind ever written. Only 2 other complete sets of the books exist v in the United States. Botn belong to the Milwaukee brewing concerns. "The author foreshadows the discovery of such drugs as penicillin and streptomycin in his discussions of mold fermentation," Hazen said. "In a way, these works are the basis for many of the later important discoveries.". Heat on Ice Denver, (U.R)—Kenneth Holfert was given emergency treatment for heat prostration here the other night. Not so unusual except for 2 things—Holfert was performing in "Holiday on Ice," a skating show, when he collapsed; and, the temperature outside was somewhere around a cool 45. For Health's Sake It's BETTERwiTH BUTTER BUTTER is your dependable source of natural Vitamin A. It provides much-needed energy. Its distinctive flavor deliciously enriches other foods. Golden, delicious BUTTER makes all foods taste better. BUTTER is made from Nature's most perfect food. It takes 10 quarts of rich, whole milk to make one pound of health-giving BUTTER. So much for so little makes BUTTER the most economical food today's table. on STATE BRAND CREAMERIES, INC DISTRIBUTOR General Offices — Mason City, Iowa Hears Noted Physicians As there are constantly new developments in the science of medicine, Cerro Gordo county doctors keep up with ne\v ideas and treatments and gain information from speakers at Cerro Gordo Coumy Medical society meetings. Fifty-six doctors, including well qualified general practitioners and specialists in various fields of medicine covering nearly every branch of medicine make up the membership of the local organization. These doctors serve the community daily and make it a practice to answer night calls. If one doctor cannot answer the call he will make arrangements to send another doctor. 42 in Mason City Forty-two of these doctors practice in Mason City, 1 in Rockwell, and 5 in Clear Lake. Some of the prominent speakers at medical society meetings in the past are Dr. H. M. Korns, Iowa City, former editor of American Heart Journal and a well known cardiologist and professor at the University of Iowa for 18 years' Dr. A. L. Sahs, professor of neurology at the University of Iowa Dr. W. D. Paul, professor of medicine at the University of Iowa anc a specialist in the field of poliomyelitis; Dr. Edward R. Woodward, resident surgeon at Billings hospital of the University of Chicago, who spoke on treatment ol ulcer of the stomach by vagotomy Other speakers have been Dr L. E. January from University of Iowa department of internal medicine; Dr. R. H. Flocks of University of Iowa department ol urology, and Dr. J. S. Gottlieb assistant director of psychopathic hospital at Iowa City. 3 From Mayo Clinic Rochester physicians who have spoken include Dr. Urich from Mayo Clinic speaking on ear, nose and throat injuries and treatment; Dr. C. H. Slocum on arthritis, and Dr. Black on thyroid disease. And from Des Moines, Dr. Paul T. Cash on psychiatry, and Dr. E. V. Thornton on orthopedics. Visiting doctors from out of the county often swell the attendance to 75. The Cerro Gordo Dental society is composed of 30 members who gather for state, district, and county meetings several times a year. as many as 35 or 40 telephone messages daily, a fact which pa- ients should consider when he cannot come to their home mediately. im- 25,000 Join More than 25,000 persons joined 31ue Cross through Hospital Care corporation, Cincinnati, during a 15-day enrollment drive in which applications were accepted from anyone who was self-employed, unemployed, or who worked for a firm with 10 or less employes. The usual sge-limit and health restrictions for individual applicant were waived—the oldest person to apply was 96 years of age. Congratulations to the Medical and Dental Profession in continually raising the health standards of the American pub- ,lic made possible thru its own research and pnvate initiative. We of the Life Insurance industry take pride in bringing financial security to over 80,000,000 Americans who own Life Insurance and Annuities. EQUITABLE OF IOWA 514-20 First National Bank Bldg. Mason City, Iowa E. E. Hunter R. D. Crawford R. J. Fisher F. W. Osmundson How to Use Phone Calling Your Doctor A doctor's Telephone is vitally important but thoughtlessness on the part of the public can make it a terrific burden. Many calls are not emergencies and therefore should be made at a reasonable hour. Physicians get exasperated when sickness is "camped on" all day and then a call is made at night. They are inclined to be lenient, however, for it is human nature to lose one's courage and optimism in the dark. A patient should learn whether his family doctor has a time when calls are more easily handled. And a methodical person will save a lot of confusion by figuring out ahdad just what questions are to be asked. It's a good idea to write down the questions to be asked and it's always smart to have pencil and paper handy to take down accurately what advice and directions are given. A patient should be straightforward and brief. In telephoning, he should not chat idly with the physician during his office hours A patient should have his questions ready and be satisfied with brief answers. The doctor should not be expected to diagnose over the phone without seeing the patient. It doesn't help to have all the members of a family calling up Their interest and worry may be justified, but will be best served if they appoint one member to run the case. The patient must be sure to give the correct address. Sometimes a doctor fails to appear, not because he fails to make the call, but because he goes to the wrong place I when the address is given to him I incorrectly. I Many busy doctors will receiv* In refrigeration—making ice cubes, or chilling milk isn't enough. 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