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Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa · Page 26

Mason City, Iowa
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Saturday, October 1, 1949
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American Medicine Ready for New Challenge in Atomic Era Sept. SO, 1949 7-B Uion City Globe-Gn«tl«, M»»on City, Ik. Great Strides Made in Recent Years—Bach Atomic Energy Seen as Powerful Instrument (EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is from an address by John I*. Bach, director of press relations of the American Medical Society.) -, Medicine faces a major challenge in this atomic age. In the eyes of medical researchers, atomic energy is an instrument that can be used constructively or destructively. Scientists now may tag an atom —that is make it radioactive—and then follow it through the body. New information of the greatest importance concerning the role of the various food elements—sugars, proteins, fats, minerals and vitamins—will be obtained. New Drugs Studied All of the different drugs which have been used and the new ones which are being manufactured will be subjected to the closest kind of study within the tissues to ascertain exactly what happens as they move from station to station in the body. ' Some doctors describe isotopes (the tagged atoms) as the greatest discovery since the invention of the microscope. Medical science in the atomic age has within its grasp new products with which to uncover the secrets of living process. Medical science, with the aid of atomic experts, is going to learn why body tissues wear out prematurely; why hardening of the arteries, how to control paralytic strokes, high blood pressure and certain forms of heart disease. These achievements are without parallel in the history of the progress of mankind. Not by Mere Chance Medical progress has been no accident. It was not chance alone THE RIGHT PLUMBING Insures GOOD HEALTH Phone 1250 PAYNE Plumbing; and Heating Co. 319 First Street N. E. .hat placed the last word in mecli- :al equipment and technic within •each of nearly every emergency. The doctors, in co-operation with '.ocal communities, have been argely responsible. But they :ould not have done it without :he help of a central medical organization constantly disseminating the results of scientific re- ;earch and discovery That organization has been the American Medical Association. The prodigious advancements in medical science helped to build the American Medical Association. That organization educates its members—through meetings, exhibits, its many periodicals, its councils and its committees and in many other ways. The benefits of all these activities have been passed on to the public—the ultimate consumer. Medical science in this country has not "just growed," like Topsy. It was created and made available to all by the American Medical Association. The Association's Aims What is the .American Medical Association? It is a national society of physicians founded more than 100 years ago to raise the standards of medical education in the United States. It has a membership of 140,000 physicians. Its purposes are to promote the science and art of medicine; to organize the medical profession and safeguard its interests; to elevate the standard of medical education and practice; to bring about the enactment of uniform legislation for the public welfare, and to protect public health. The association publishes the Journal of American Medical Association, sometimes known as the physician's Bible, and severaJ other scientific journals dealing with specific fields of medicine. Let's see for a moment how the American Medical association brought about improvement in only one phase of medicine—that of education. Looking Back to 1843 Compare any oi' the approved medical schools today with, say the Rush Medical college in 1843 To obtain a degree of doctor- ol medicine at Rush in 1843, the students had to study 3 years. The lectures that year were given to 22 students in 2 small rooms in a saloon building. There was only one graduate in 1843. The council on Medical Education and Hospitals of the A. M. A. has gradually succeeded in raising the standard of medical education Today the medical school curriculum has been lengthened to 3 or ^ years of pre-medical education, years of medical education, and one or 2 years of hospital internship. Medical attention during the last few years has been focused on several new drugs, penicillin, the sulfas and streptomycin. If ever the word miraculou were justified in the history o. medicine that word can be appliec to penicillin. It has powerful germ killing properties. Penicillin can I cure syphilis, gonorrhea, and men[ ingitis, and it has proved valuable in the treatment of such infections as trench mouth,, and in the surgical treatment of wounds. Dur ing World war I, 70 per cent o the men wounded in the abdomei died. In World war II new tech lies, along with penicillin, owered this rate to 20 per cent. Other New Drugs -Penicillin and the sulfa drugs lave cut the death rate from neumonia to a minimum. There vas a time when pneumonia was .early always considered a fatal .isease, but it isn't any more— hanks to the sulfa drug and peni- illin. • There is a gallant new drug— treptomycin — which takes up vhere penicillin and the sulfas eave off. It attacks a whole class 'f microbes not affected by either >f them. It is chiefly useful against bacteria which inhabit the ntestines to cause such diseases as typhoid fever, cholera and dysentery. Attack Heart Ailments Early work indicates that strep- omycin may be of value against uberculosis and leprosy. Like penicillin, this drug is derived Tom a microbe that lives in the soil. It is active against urinary ract infections which plague older people and against many types of surgical infections. Even though heart disease is still rated as America's No. 1 killer, a great deal of progress has 3een made in this field. Consider 'or a moment the disease, whicn carries the jaw-breaker name of subacute bacterial endocarditis, an nflammation due to the invasion of bacteria of the lining of the chambers of the heart. Before the advent of penicillin, this disease was. fatal in almost 100 per cent of th'e cases. Treatment with penicillin achieved a cure in about 70 per cent of the cases and this percentage will rise as people learn to recognize and treat this disease earlier. Just a few years ago, doctors had no treatment to offer patients with defects in their hearts from birth. Dr. Alfred Blalock of Johns Hopkins hospital in Baltimore was the first to develop a new surgioa! technic for "blue babies," and now medical science knows about J types of these birth defects which can be corrected surgically. Thousands of these patients have been given a new lease on life. Can Save Thousands A few years ago it was estimated that 3,000,000 persons then living were doomed to die of clots of blood dislodged from the veins of the legs and carried to the lungs, blocking arteries there. Now, your physician has at his disposal new drugs which can control factors of coagulation. When properly used, these drugs can save thousands of lives. Especially significant during the last few years were advances in anesthesia, including spinal anesthesia and the injection of anesthesia substance directly into the blood. The product DDT was credited with nipping an epidemic of typhus in Naples during the war. It controls the spread of flies, mosquitoes and lice. Great strides haye been made In vitamins and nutrition. Tribute to Profession All of these developments stand as the best possible.tribute to the achievements of the. medical profession. And, at the same time, they are the best possible argument against any change in our medical system, that would regiment, socialize, or otherwise disrupt the practice of medicine in this country. Our kind of medicine is private medicine. Society Looks After Crippled Children Here Money spent for Easter Seals olays an important part in the life of the crippled children and adults n Cerro Gordo county. The Cerro ordo County Unit of the Iowa Society for Crippled Children and Adults has as its program the general welfare of this group. This year tuition has been paid n part for a crippled child for the 3rd year to the Jamestown school crippled children, books for college studies were furnished another young person, while the society's help made it possible that 4 children attend the speech clinic at Grinnell this summer, and still another senior was sent to a special speech course at Iowa City. The society not only sponsored boys for a summer camp for the landicapped. in connection with the YMCA camp held at Boone, but it held a 2 week day-camp of its own at East park. Twenty children attended the day-camp, taking part in the handicraft, games, music, movies, and similar forms of recreation planned especially for them. MASON CITY'S IRON LUNG—The use of the iron lung, which has been placed in readiness at the Mercy hospital for any emergency, is available to any person in Cerro Gordo county without chai'ge. The iron lung lias been used several times effectively since its purchase in 1938 by donations from citizens and clubs through the efforts of Leo Sweesy who personally conducted the drive. Miss Margaret Niess, student nurse, is playing the part of a patient and Miss Leone Harding, registered nurse, is operating the lung. Kiwanis Club Votes Against Compulsory Health Insurance The Kiwanis club of Mason City went on record in July against any form of compulsory health insurance or any system, of political medicine designed for national bureaucratic control. The resolution adopted follows: "The United States has the highest standards of health, of medical care, and of scientific medical facilities of any country in the world, as a result of our system of free enterprise; and compulsory insurance, wherever tried, has caused a decline in national health and deterioration of medical standards and facilities; and wherever the government has assumed control of medical service, the result has been tremendous multiplication of cost over original estimates, extreme tax burdens and national deficits, and gradual extension of socialization into other activities of national life." . Copies of this resolution were forwarded to the president of the United States, to each senator and representative from the state of Iowa, and the senators and representatives were requested to use every effort at their command to prevent the enactment, of such legislation. 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