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EDITORIALS America's Health Serv/'ce Should Remain Unshackled E overall story set forth in the special medical and dental health section of th.is issue of the Globe-Gazette constitutes what seems to us to be the best possible answer to those who regard socialized health ^service as desirable in America. _ While we're prompted by community pride to accord a somewhat superior rating to Mason City's offerings for the health of our people, we recognize that the medical and dental inventory presented in these pages is substantially the same as could be mustered for many another community. What it adds up to is just this: No other people in any other land are as well served in their physical and mental health needs as the people of America under the free enterprise pattern and ideal. rpHIS can be observed without suggesting .-*• that our system has arrived at—or even approached—perfection. The doors are by no means closed to further improvement. We're ready to admit that as matters stand, too many of our people are beset by a haunting fear of what would happen to them in the event of major surgery or prolonged hospitalization. Those classified as indigents are for the most part adequately served in their health needs and those of substantial and assured income have little reason to worry. But there are, it must be admitted, too many with a precarious balance between income and outgo who must contemplate their family health problem with some misgivings. rpHIS is a condition which must be faced •*- up to by all realistic persons, within and outside the health professions. And that's exactly what is being done. The situation already has been alleviated in large measure by the system of voluntary pre-payment for health services under what is known as the Blue Cross and the-Blue Shield. One out of every 4 persons in America today is covered by this insurance plan and the lists are being increased at the rate of 4 million yearly. The total now stands at nearly 35 million. In addition to these, another group of nearly 20 million Americans are finding their protection in regular health insurance policies on an individual basis. In short more than a third of America's 150 million people have banished the fear of an intolerable financial burden from medical care, and in the American way. O UR law-makers, it seems to us, should concern themselves with this approach to the problem rather than with proposals for revolutionizing and upsetting a system of health preservation which has proved itself amazingly effective in the main. Too many of us are looking at the hole in the doughnut rather than at the doughnut itself. -A better perspective is needed. For an expenditure which would be infinitesimal in comparison with the experiment of dubious worth now under way in Britain, and elsewhere in the world, the government could handle the needs of all those not adequately served at present. nnHERE is nothing in the experience of -I-' other nations which have turned to paternalism in this field to justify a like course in Amei'ica. 'i And, by the same token, everything about the proud record of America's medical and dental professions argues for their preservation and opportunity for continued progress—in the American way. Look Out Below! ICE ON THE SIDEWALK IT'S BEEN SAID: Heatlh is the greatest of all possessions; a pale cobbler is better than a sick king.—Isaac Bickesstaff. Trouble with our teen-age drivers is that they model their behavior at the wheel alter the worst of our adult motorists. It's too bad that only when the baseball season is about to disappear does it become terrifically exciting. The Cleveland Indians and the Boston Braves are both being cited as examples of the vanishing red man. At this time of year baseball has some difficulty making itself heard over the roar of the football crowds. Imagine Tough Guy Humphrey Bogart of the movies chasing around in public with a panda doll! It's an inconsistent statesmanship that snuggles up to Franco and Tito at one and the same time. Illegible handwriting does a wonderful job of covering up a multitude of mistakes in spelling. In a sense the world does owe you a living. But you still have to get out and collect it. Pros and Cons Some Interesting Viewpoints Gleaned From Our Exchanges Trips Cost Less Fairmont Sentinel: All those prosperous folks who took European vacations should have waited. With the de-valuation of currency the same trip today would cost a good third less than it did a few weeks ago. Government-Control Council Bluffs Nonpareil: No nation ever had abundance—except for the inner few—under a government-controlled economy. All the rank and file ever get is more scarcity. Russia and Britain are examples. Bad Effect Washington Journal: Government aid of any kind is like mince pie, it tastes good but when taken in quantity it can lead to a severe tummy ache. That's the farm problem as it is viewed by many. Always the Best Estherville News: In the spring we think "there is nothing so gorgeous as a spring in Iowa" and in the autumn we are equally certain that fall is the season of all seasons in Iowa. Socialism Problem Clear Lake Mirror: Socialism always creates far worse problems than those it is supposed to solve. As an instance of this, witness Britain's experience with her socialized coal mines. Economy in Government Council Bluffs Nonpareil: There would be a lot more sentiment for economy in government if people realized how many days they have to work every year to pay their taxes. Welcome Substitute Atlantic News-Telegraph: It is a relief to have news pictures feature baby beeves instead of bathing beauties for a while. Fiscal Problem Manly Signal: The fiscal problem of the republic is how long can we finance the world without going broke? Editorial of the Day SOCIALIZED MEDICINE QFENCER REPORTER: Thousands of words have O been muttered and written in recent months for and against "socialized medicine." This voluminous outpouring of wordage, we take it, has been caused largely by measures which have been introduced into congress. The sponsors of these measures vehemently deny that their bills will bring socialized medicine to the United States and their adversaries just as vehemently claim that nothing but socialized medicine can result if these laws are enacted. As to the merits or demerits of the proposed laws The Spencer Daily Reporter can claim no direct information or knowledge as we have not read the bills and, probably, would be no wiser if we did. We doubt, however, that any American citizen who has been brought up in the tradition of treatment, when ill, by a medical man of his own choosing, will favor any method of medical care which even savors of governmental control or dictation. The relationship between doctor and patient, to be truly effective must, in our opinion, be based upon the patient's confidence in the physician or surgeon who is caring for the patient's ailments. From our own personal experience with doctors we cannot imagine any capable practitioner of the healing art who would like such an arrangement or who could operate successfully under such a system and we are equally positive that the patient would rebel. More doctors, properly qualified, we think, would be a better solution of the nation's health problems than any form of socialized medicine. Aid to the Handicapped Do You Remember? S INCE the early '20's Iowa t has made provision for aiding and retaining the injured worker so that he may use his re- mianing talents to continue as an earning member of the community. In the 20 months ending Aug. 30, 1949, a MONTHLY average of 555 physically handicapped men and women were placed in productive work through agencies under state control. They were also provided artificial limbs and necessary tools to do the job for which, they were trained. These agencies—Iowa commission for the blind, Iowa state division of vocational rehabilitation, Iowa employment security commission and the Veterans employment service—have an admirable rehabilitation and placement record. These agencies work with those who have been disabled by birth, disease, war injury or accident. Job finding for handicapped workers who have had special work- training is one of their important functions. Yet they must also find interested prospective employers who recognize handicapped persons can do special jobs well. That's one of the reasons why President Truman and Gov. Beardsley have appealed to employers during "National Employ the Physically Handicapped" week, Oct. 2 to 8. Observing 10 YEARS AGO Clear Lake—Open house will be held at the new quarters of the Clear Lake Globe-Gazette today from 1 to 10 p. m. with refreshments and favors for visitors. The Clear Lake office of radio station KGLO also is housed in the new office, located at 207 West Main street in the front half of the former used furniture store of W. H. Ward. One feature of the new location is a separate club room for the 16 carrier boys. 20 YEARS AGO Mr. and Mrs. O. H. Grelk, 730 North Carolina avenue, were guests of honor at a surprise party given by a large group of friends and neighbors at the Grelk home Sept. 28. More than 50 persons were present. The occasion was the 25th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Grelk. The Rev. A. O. Soholm presented Mr. and Mrs. Grelk with a gift of silver from the company. 30 YEARS AGO Major York, who served his share of time in the armies allied against the central empire aggressor has located in Mason City and has purchased the grocery stock of Harvey Bacon at 606 East State street. Sixty buyers from over 25 towns and cities bought'Hereford cattle at the North Iowa Breeders' sale held at the fair grounds Sept. 26. The top was $825 and was paid by Charles Griffith of Hudson, Iowa. The next was $400 and was paid by W. L. Dietrich of Osage. 40 YEARS AGO Former Mayor Dawson and Lyman Stevens, whose reputation for truth and veracity has been established since the foundations of the city, made the best strike of the nutumn at Clear Lake yesterday when they landed a pike that weighed 10 pounds when it was first drawn from the water but which naturally shrunk a little before reaching the city last evening. To Your Health! By Herman N. Bundesen, M. D. GLANDS AFFECT HEALTH B EAUTY may be only skin deep but the beauty of the skin goes deeper, depending not only on the general health of the body but also on the activity of some of its most important structures —the glands of [internal secretion. Just how these glands act to maintain the health of the skin is not known, but the relationship is very close as is evidenced in the large number of skin disorders observed in conditions affecting the glands. For example, in Addison's disease, which is due to a deficiency of the secretion from the adrenal glands located just DR. BUNDESEN above the kidneys, there is a marked discoloration of the skin. Acne, the bane of teen-agers, seems to be caused, at least in part, by changes which occur in the sex glands during the maturing period. A deficiency of what is known as estrogens, coming from the sex glands in the female, may produce various disorders of the skin. Thickening of the palms and soles may be associated with the change of life and may respond rapidly to the administration of the estrogens. Deposits of lime salts in the various areas of the body may occur when there is an excessive secretion from the para-thyroid glands which are located near the thyroid gland in the neck. Many different types of skin disorders have been attributed to disturbances of the thyroid gland. A deficiency of thyroid secretion may cause loss of hair and may make the skin dry and yellow with a waxy appearance. Scaling of the skin on the lower part of the legs may also appear. In certain disorders of the pituitary gland located at the base of the brain, the skin may be raised in folds, especially in the scalp> The hair is thick and coarse, and the skin may be discolored and freckled. Pregnancy also may be complicated by various skin disturbances. There are changes in the color of the face and breasts. Itching of the skin is fairly common at this time. Irritating, pimple-like eruptions on the arms, legs and upper part of the chest also may occur. Another type of eruption may consist of blisters starting on the abdomen and spreading to the groin, breasts, arms and legs. This rash causes itching and burning. Both of these disorders clear up after the baby is born. Persons who have skin eruptions of th.ese types should of course consult a physician concerning treatment with the proper gland extracts. QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS J. J.: How can I get rid of a large roll of fat on my abdomen that developed after the birth of my baby? Answer: Getting rid of the excess fat would require a reducing diet. Exercises for strengthening the muscles of the abdomen might be helpful. They'll Do It Every Time HAL BOYLE Roving Reporter By Hal Boyle DRAT THAT ST. LOUIS FAIR! I NLET, N. Y., (AP)—Cuss that old Louisiana purchase exposition held out in St. Louis, Mo., way back in 1904! Here—45 years later—it's causing a scarcity of wild deer in the central Adirondack mountains. So says Gerald Kenwell, 62, the best woodsman hereabouts. This is his reasoning: "Some of our guides went out to the St. Louis fair. They saw some beavers on exhibition. Looked real cute, so they brought a pair , back and turned them loose. ', Then somebody put out some , more." Protected for years by a closed hunting season and with few natural enemies to catch them, the beaver throve like rabbits. And now, Kenwell says, they've got nature out of balance. "The beaver is the death of the woods," he said. "They've dammed up the streams and flooded the natural winter quarters for the deer, leaving the deer nothing to eat. "And they're destroying the trout, too. The trout can't get past the dams to spawn, and the water in the ponds heats up in the sun, and the .trout can't stand that either." Kenwell holds that the otter, also increasing rapidly, is an equal threat to the fisherman's fun. "An otter catches and eats about 2 pounds of fish a day, and 50 of them will get rid of a lot of fine trout." The old guide puts much of the blame on "the cussed conservation rules." The state now has a 2-week open season on beaver and otter, but Kenwell thinks it ought to pay a bounty for trapping the pests. And a bounty on bobcats, too. Kenwell thinks the deer would return to the woods if the "conservation fellows" would spend about $65,000 a year to stock their winter quarters with food—a fraction of the amount sportsmen spend for hunting licenses alone. "It would also help the deer and trout both," the old woodsman added, "if they turned every cussed beaver into a hat." By Jimmy Hatlo The Fear of Death ; found interesting the view expressed by Kate Holliday in the October McCalls* magazine that fear of death, though one of the strongest of human emotions, almost always disappears as death itself approaches. This; she writes is the testimony of nearly all doctors who deal with the dying. Even under the most tragic circumstances, ordinary men and women die in peace and courage either because they are physically benumbed, because they put complete trust in their own religion, or because they are brave enough to meet their end with resignation, according to the concensus of medical men. Frank Adair, M. D., associate professor of clinical surgery, Cornell university, medical college, put it in these words: "Most people, fortunately, are stuporous and not alert when death comes.- Many die after a coma of varying hours and days. "In the minds of most people, including doctors, the disease most dreaded is cancer. Yet in my long clinical observation of cancer cases I have found that the cancer patient suffers more mentally, but toward the end unconsciousness steals over him. The patient becomes drowsy and benumbed by the poisons of the disease in his blood." H. D. Van Fleet, M. D., president, Los Angeles Academy of Medicine: "I have sat with dying men of every race and c r e e d—Hindus, Shintoists, Catholics, Protestants, Jews, Mohammedans. They died in peace. And I have found that the sweetness of death is intensified in all men by a childlike faith in their own religion. "Frequently I have seen a change of expression as the moment of death approached, almost a smile, before the last breath was taken." Walter Alvarez, M. D., professor of medicine, Mayo Foundation; a senior consultant in internal medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester: "Often it is the relatives who have fear and mental pain, not the patient. When relatives have asked me to lie to a patient I have often replied, 'You don't know how brave human beings are.'" Information, Please! 1. When is Columbus day? 2. What do these cities have in common: Jerusalem, Mecca and Benares? 3. Did Julius Caesar conquer Britain? 4. In U. S. measures, which contains more cubic inches, the liquid or the dry quart? Answers—1. Oct. 12. 2. They are holy cities. 3. No. 4. The dry quart. GET SOME PEACE AND QUIET HALIBUT SAID YES, HE'D BUY IT-* MINK, NONSHRINK, FROM WEASEL BROS, FURS. OH, DADDY.' IT'S LOVELY! JppANVTHlNG JUST WHAT I'VE ALWAYS ^ TO STOP HES WANTED! A RJLt-LENSTH M: YACKITTY- ISN'T IT DARLIN6? I HAD IT MADE INTO A JACKET-IT DIDN'T COST MUCH AT ALL»: THAT FLJRSIEf?AN60f?A KNOWS ONLY CH/AESED $IIO— FUR COAT UT SHE WORE IT JUST ONE SEASON ••» HAD IT SHORTENED-WHAT'S THE REASON? HUH? WHO NEEDS A REASON? AINT IT HERS? Red Flashers Mean STOP! : shouldti't be surprised It quite a few of the complaints about drivers ignoring "flashing red" school stop signs that are being received by the state department of safety are coming from our own community. Too many Mason City motorists still harbor the false notion that these flashing signals in the vicinity of several of the schools merely mean to slow down. That isn't cor-r rect. They mean STOP. A section of the Iowa highway code refers specifically to the electrically operated school stop signs. It says that when the sign displays a flashing red light the approaching driver must bring his car to a complete stop before entering the intersection. When the sign shows a flashing amber light the approaching drivers must reduce speed but may go on through the intersection if it' is clear and with caution. Some drivers may be confusetJ by the different color or flashing of the light. "Just remember that the red flash means stop and the amber flash means slow down, caution," said Frank Ulish, safety education field director for the state department. Violation of any authorized stop sign is a misdemeanor and is one of the major moving traffic offenses which the safety department notes on the drivers individual record. Ulish said that school officials should work with local police in setting up an educational or enforcement campaign to put a stop to persistent school stop sign violations. He suggested that signs warning. drivers they may have to stop might be erected several hundred feet in front of the actual school intersections. This \vo % uld give motorists unfamiliar with the neighborhood time to comply with the law. THE DAY'S BOUQUET To HEALTH AND WELFARE AGENCIES OF THIS COMMUNITY—for joining in the presentation of their story, of service in this issue of the Globe-Gazette. The contribution of these agencies in safeguarding and improving health conditions is one that can't be measured in dollars and cents. It is something priceless that should have the deep appreciation of all citizens. Do You Know? The Hoskin Service EDITOR'S NOTE: Headers using this lecrice for qneitlon of (act—not conn- • el—ihonld «lgn (nil name and address and enclose 3 cents for return postage. Address The Mason City Globe-Gi aette Information Burean, 316 Eye Street X. E., Washington 2. D. 0. "What was the original membership of the U. S. house of representatives? The original house membership was fixed at 65 by the constitution. It has increased under successive apportionments until, under present law, the figure is fixed at 435. Does the bureau of census ever take any census except for the federal government? Special censuses are conducted by the bureau of the census at the request and expense of a city or other political unit concerned. How do the baseball players who wear eyeglasses manage to keep the glasses OH securely during a game? Many players who wear glasses use tape to hold the frames in place. Some have specially consructed frames that fit tight behind the ear to hold them in place. What causes ice cubes to be cloudy? The national bureau of . standards says that cloudiness in manufactured ice usually results from some impurity in the water. For some waters it might be remedied by simply bringing the water temperature to the boiling point before freezing it, while for other water some more complicated procedure may be necessary. Pure, air-free water makes clear ice. When and where was the world premier of Tchaikowsky's First Piano Concerto? It was performed on Oct. 25, 1875, at the music hall in Boston. Hans von Bulow was at the piano accompanied by the orchestra conducted by Benjamin Johnson Lang.' How many women judges are there in thet United States? Do they serve mainly In the juvenile courts? There were 37 women judges in the United States in 1947. The majority were not judges of juvenile or probate courts. Has the whale any hind limbs? The fore-limbs of the whale are developed into paddle-like organs but there are no external traces of hind limbs. There are vestigial traces of hind limbs in the skeleton. Where did football originate? Football gradually evolved from such early games as the Greek Harpaston, meaning the forward pass game, and the Roman Harpa- stum and Follis. It came from many peoples including the Celts, Teutons, Eskimos and Aztec Indians. Please explain where the heart is located in the body. The heart is located approximately $ on the left side of the breast bone and approximately 4 on the right. The beat of the apex or tip may us- oially be felt in the space between the 5th and 6th ribs near the nipple on the left side. A slight portion of the base of the heart extends beyond the right side of the breast bone in the space beneath the 3rd or 4th rib. Are there any "dry" states? Mississippi and Oklahoma are the only states now which are "dry," although in these states the pro- W.A. PATTERSON Today's Birthday WILLIAM ALLAN PATTERSON, bom Oct. 1, 1899, in Honolulu, son of an overseer for a sugar company. President of the United Air . Lines, Patter- " son took his ; first ride in a ; pusher - type flying machine in 1919. At that • time he was working for the Wells Fargo bank of San Francisco with' which he had started as office boy in 1914. E n i h u s i astic about flying, he was given charge of an airline account, enabling him to fly in open cockpit planes and learn much of the business. In. 1929 he resigned to join the Boeing Airplane Co., and soon became president of Boeing Air Transport. By 1931 he was president of 4 airlines and 3 years later headed their merger into United. hibition is against spirituous liquor—not beer. However, there are states in which municipalities, counties, wards ,and townships may, under state laws, enact provisions relating to the use or prohibition of intoxicants. Which did Milton regard as the greater work, his "Paradise Lost" or "Paradise Regained"? Milton is said to have regarded "Paradise Regained" as the superior work. Who took the picture of the marines planting the flag on Iwo Jima? Joe Rosenthal of the Associated Press won the 1945 Pulitzer Prize "for an outstanding example of news photography as exemplified by a news photo graph published in a daily newspaper," for his photograph of the marines planting the flag of the ' United States on Iwo Jima. Mason City Globe-Gazette An A. W. LEE NEWSPAPER Issued Every Week Day by the GLOBE-GAZETTE PUBLISHING COMPANY 121-123 Cast State St. Telephone 3800 Entered as second class matter, April 12, 1830. at the postofflce at Mason City, Iowa, under the act of March 3, 1879. LEE P. LOOMIS Publisher W. EARL HALL, Managing Editor ENOCH A. NOREM - - City Editor LLOYD L. GEER Adv. Mgr. Friday, Sept. 30, 1949 MEMBER ASSOCIATED PRESS which is exclusively entitled to use for repub- licatlon of all local news printed in this newspaper as well ta all AP news dispatches. SUBSCRIPTION RATES In Mason City and Clear Lake (Carrier Delivery Limits) One year $13.80 One week ,33 Outside Mason City and Clear Lake but Within 100 Miles of Mason City By mail I year $ fl.oo By mall 8 months 4.75 By carrier per week .23 Outside 100 Mil* Zone by Man Only One year $12.00 Six month* 8.50 Threa months 3.50

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