Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa on October 1, 1949 · Page 27
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Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa · Page 27

Mason City, Iowa
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Saturday, October 1, 1949
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6-B Sept. 30, 1949 SUion CUy Glofei.GizrtU, MMon Cltr, I». Skill Is X-Ray Required in Use of - ' _ V Deep Therapy Device organizations yearly. The standards of the laboratory and x-ray departments are set by these groups and must conform. The medical profession has always voluntarily enforced the aoove rules for purposes not only of protection of patients, but also to keep standards of care and treatment ever improving on a high plane, commensurate with the advance of medical knowledge, diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Ernest Edward Irons, president of the American Medical association, is a native of Council Bluffs. Visiting Hours Same at Both Hospitals Here When the family doctor writes out the "hospital" prescription for the sick person along with the little round pills and other medical treatment it means rest and relaxation. Just how important they think that rest and relaxation is was shown last year when doctors of the Cerro Gordo County Medical society, the St. Joseph Mercy hospital and the Park hospital got together and worked out a set of uniform visiting regulations. Visiting hours, therefore, arc from 2:30 until 4 o'clock every afternoon and from 7 until 8 o'clock every evening at both hospitals. Too, upon consultation between the staffs of both hospitals it was decided that no minor children should be allowed on the hospital floors and smoking would be prohibited. Following the announcement of these rules a more beneficial attitude on the part of both hospitals and the public has been observed, doctors report. These rules, they believe, are necessary for the health of the patient. The results provide an excellent example of the value of community co-operation in effect among the doctprs, the hospitals and the relatives and friends of patients. There are 2 things in life that a sage must preserve at every sacrifice, the coats of his stomach, and the enamel of his teeth. Some evils admit of consolations, but there are no comforters for dyspepsia and the toothache.—Bulwer. TO KEEP HEALTHY AND FEELING GOOD ... you need a HOBBY ... so, take PICTURES. Then bring your films to BILL'S CAMERA STORE for expert developing and printing. The most modern equipment for both diagnostic and therapeutic X-ray is available in Mason City. A huge X-ray deep therapy machine is used in treatment of many diseases and illnesses, including malignancies, bursitis in the shoulder and sinus infections. •*• A blessing to cancer sufferers, it is nonetheless a machine to be reckoned with. Operating it is a radiologist's job since inexperienced handling could result in severe burns to the patient. In the same department is another machine which takes pictures of any portion of the body for study by the doctor in making « diagnosis. For bed patients, the machine is in a table-top position. The X-ray tubes are inside the table and the attached but movable screen adjusts to whichever portion of the body is being X-rayed. For ambulatory patients, pressure -with the foot pedal at the base of the machine tilts the table top to one side so that a person can stand against it. Many accident patients enter- Ing the hospital are X-rayed regardless of whether any injury is visible to the eye. On all broken bones, pictures are taken before and after the fracture has been reduced and placed in a cast to see that the bone has been set correctly. X-ray films are completed for study in a few minutes. There is also a fluoroscope in the department which is used by doctors in. diagnosing chest conditions. LARGEST FEE One of the largest single fees «ver paid to a physician was that paid by Catherine of Russia. The fee paid to a physician to inoculate Catherine and her son against smallpox was $50,000, an additional sum of $10,000 was allowed for traveling expenses, and the physician was granted $2,500 as an an- pension lor life. Colds are so prevalent that they average a loss of 10 day's activity to each individual yearly. Hospital Staff Rules Are for Patient's Good Not generally realized by the public is the importance of the hospital staff rules. Not only are the citizens' health and welfare safe-guarded by their doctors' skill and training, as is recognized by his being on the active staff, but it is also obligatory on doctors that the rules of the staff as to ethics anJ recognized treatment be followed in all instances. The hospital staffs are divided into sections and all unusual cases and deaths are reviewed and discussed each month. If the sections are not satisfied as to diagnosis or treatment followed, the physician in question must justify his action. Unethical Treatment Unethical or non-recognized methods of treatment are never condoned and may result in loss of the privileges of the hospital by the doctor. All body tissues that are removed at operation must -be viewed and studied by hospital pathologist 'in the 'light of the physician's diagnosis and kept as a matter of permanent record. The hospitals themselves as to plant, staff, records and training are reviewed annually by both the American Medical association and the American College of Surgeons and if a certain figure is not obtained on final rating the hospital will lose approval. Both Hospitals Approved Both, hospitals in this community are approved by both of these IN THE UNITED STATES YOU CAN STILL CHOOSE YOUR DENTIST! FOR HOW LONG? Where compulsory health insurance systems exist, government controlled, they have proved to be in the generally accepted term "unsatisfactory/ 1 The cost is an added burden to each member of society, regardless of whether or not each member needs dental care ... YES, AND IT'S BACKED EY MIDDEN'S OWN MONEY-BACK CUARANTEE* ^ to Use Stjf an* PPlMBM«jp""""«g* XNttD, * A Spred Satin Service Policy S3 issued with 0ach purchase — Your assurance against loss of color and ttreaJcini when you wash Satin. Spred Satinhas a slick,smooth, \x satiny surface that permits fast-easy washing — mild soapy water and a few gentle strokes of the sponge- Zip! And it's cleanl 14 washable colors for Living Room, Bedrooms, Kitchen, and Bath—hides plaster, porous wailboards, woodwork, even wall; paper 1 Spred Satin is ready-mixed. Exclusive Glidden formula . .. contains pigmented ingredients similar to synthetic rubber! Dries in 20 minutes; For a new decorating thrill get Satin today! |39 QT. U4IMUM TOUSf $«39 |— PAYNE WALLPAPER & PAINT STORE "COLOR BAR" 2nd Door West of the Poatofflcc Achievement^* VAST SUMS OF MONEY PAID TO THE GOVERNMENT THRU COMPULSORY TAX '.. It is true this tax will finance certain limited health services for a certain limited group of people who may find it sometimes difficult to pay for individual service. This compulsory system places the health, welfare, and lives of all the people in the United States under the control of a small number of political appointees. WHAT THIS COMPULSORY PLAN COSTS YOU o In the first place, government bureaus will be established, adding thousands of employees to the already overburdened government payroll, it will take large sums of money to meet these added payrolls and the cost must be met through increased taxes. Cost of handling patients is increased, while quality of service decreases. OTHER DISADVANTAGES It is the first step in transforming a democratic government into a socialistic state. It places an intangible, but dominant, third party, the government, between the patient and the practitioner, and weakens individual initiative and self reliance by forcing the patient to rely on the government for service. The denta! bill of the average family would be doubled, if not trebled. The staggering cosf to the Nation has been estimated at approximately 1 5 billion dollars yearly. Clerks, administrators, bookkeepers and tax collectors on the Federal payroll would syphon off as much as 50% of the cost before patient care was even instituted. In ail countries that have adopted compulsory dental insurance Jhere has been a lowering of standards of service for the individual, and the health of the nation has not been improved. At no time and in no country has dental disease been controlled or the standards of dental health improved through a system of compulsory health insurance. GREAT BRITAIN HAS FOUND IT UNSATISFACTORY At the present time Great Britain is attempting to improve its national- dental health standards, and its compulsory dental pi'ogram has not been satisfactory. Great Britain is spending tremendous sums annually to recondition the mouths of adults and at the same time is neglecting the use of preventive dental service for children and adolescents. Through the compulsory plan the children of Great Britain today, whose dental defects could be controlled •with minimum time and expense, will-become the adults of tomorrow whose extensive dental disorders will require expensive corrections. Unless Great Britain reverses its dental program from one of correction for adults to one of prevention and control for children, standards of dental health in that country will never be improved and the compulsory dental health each year will continue to cost the taxpayers more. The dental health of the American people must be improved—but compulsory health insurance is NOT the answer HERE IN AMERICA YOU CAN, AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION, CHOOSE THE DENTIST THAT YOU WANT TO CARE FOR YOUR TEETH Children under the free enterprise system receive dental care throughout their childhood, thus giving them sound teeth in adult life at 'a moderate cost within the means of just about everyone. This dental service rendered when the first need arises is added protection to the child's health in its early and most important developing years. For an immediate plan.of action the American Dental Association recommends that, suitable steps be taken to accomplish six objectives: 1. The prevention of dental diseases through the application of preventive technics as soon zis they are demonstrated to be scientifically valid: the support of intensified dental research with adequate funds, personnel and facilities. 2. The control of dental diseases by the expansion of community dental programs, integrated in the general health program, to make dental care and dental health education available to every child. 3. The provision of additional facilities and uniform standards for dental care by making dental services available in hospitals and health centers for in-patients and out-patients. 4. The recruitment of an annual enrollment of dental students equal to the capacity of all dental schools to increase the number of qualified dentists. 5. The adoption of measures to make dental practice in smaller cities and rural areas more attractive and rewarding in order to procure a better distribution of dentists." 6. The employment of dental hygienists as auxiliary aids to the dentist; the provision of additional courses for those who desire to qualify for positions in public health departments and schools. The principles adopted by (he American Dental Association which should govern dental health program planning are: 1. Research—Adequate provisions should be made for i-esearch which may lead to the prevention or control of dental diseases. 2. Dental Health Education—Dental health education should be included in all basic educational and treatment programs for children and adults. 3. -Dental Care—(a) Dental care should be available to all regardless of income or geographic location, (b) Programs developed for dental care should be based on the prevention and control of dental diseases. All available resources should first be used to provide adequate dental treatment for children and to eliminate pain and infection for adults, (c) Dental health is the responsibility of the individual, the family and the community, in that order. When this responsibility, however, is not assumed by the community it should be assumed by the state and then by the federal government. The community in all cases shall determine its methods for providing service. 4. Participation in Program Planning—In all conferences that may lead to the formation of a plan for dental research, dental health education and dental care, there should be participation by authorized representatives of the American Dental association. CERRO GORDO COUNTY DENTAL SOCIETY

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