The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on June 14, 1968 · Page 10
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 10

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, June 14, 1968
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Fourteen - Wythevitl* '(Ark.) Courier TTews - Frlflay, «, Texas Alec/ica/ Center Great Feats from Small Beginnings By PAUL RECER Associated Press Writer HOUSTON, Tex. (AP) — A team of surgeons cut into the still-warm body of a young gunshot victim, removed her heart and transplanted it into the body of a dying man. .An electric shock triggered the heart's action and color returned to the man's blood- starved limbs. He had been given another chance at life. Within days, the same surgical team performed two more heart transplants. ; For medical men here the transplants last month were simply the next logical step in the progression of research and application at the impressive 134-acre Texas Medical Center. ; That progression started 25 years ago, long before heart transplants or even heart surgery were on the medical horizon. . Texas was then only on the fringes of advanced medical sci ence. The state was booming, But medical services were not keeping pace. :" A center for all phases of medical research, education and treatment to fill the void in the Lone Star State was first envisioned by trustees of he M. D. Anderson Foundaion, a charitable organization created by the estate of a millionaire cotton merchant who died in 1939. " The trustees bought an open field on the edge of Houston in : 1944 and the following year convinced Baylor University to move its College of Medicine from Dallas to the new center. The school was to become the .heart of the new complex. Staffing of the new school and complex would take man who xould fill the triple roles of teachers, physicians and administrators. One such man found by the school was Dr. Michael De- Bakey. Then 40, DeBakey was an associate professor of sur-1 pair the valves of the heart. While the surgeons were changing their private frontier, medical facilities for all special- ies were being built on the medical center grounds. ' A series of building programs added research facilities, special education schools and specialty hospitals until today the gery at Tulane University. DeBakey was named chairman of the surgery department at the medical school. He became friends with Ben Taub, a Houston millionaire, and, with ;iis help, organized a major hospital surgical program and started assembling a staff. Among the first associates DeBakey selected was Dr. Den- Ion Cooley. Sharing a deep interest in cardiovascular surgery, they formed a team that was to make history. While teaching at the medical school and performing surgery at nearby hospitals, the De- Bakey team began a series of studies, experiments and ground-breaking operations that would move in less than two decades to use of artificial heart pumps and, eventually, to heart transplants. The DeBakey team, which included Drs. Cooley, George C. Morris Jr., E. Stanley Crawford and George ordan, pioneered in the surgical repair of diseased arteries. In ealy procedures they ex- aneurysms—bulges in weakened arterial walls—and wrapped them to lend strength to the artery. * * * They were among'the first to open arteries blocked by clots or deposits, scrape them clean and then stitch them shut—a feat of sewing described as similar to putting stitches in a piece of slippery wet spaghetti. Artificial arteries of a manmade fabric were developed from experiments by the De- Bakey team and are now used almost routinely with a high percentage of success. With the development of the heart lung machine—which takes over the functions of both those organs for a brief time— the Baylor surgical team became one of several able to re- NEWS BRIEFS NEW YORK (AP) - A.$57.5- million maintenance base to be constructed at John F. Kennedy International Airport in the 1970s has been announced by tfajeeb E. Halaby, president of Pan American World Airways. The base will be an overhaul center for jumbo passenger jets now being developed, Halaby said. CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — A course titled "Afro-American Experience—Race Relations Through American History" — will be offered at Harvard as a basic social science course for general education students next year. Harvard said Prof. Frank Freidel, an American historian and biographer of Franklin D. Roosevelt, will teach the full- year course. LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) The .American Cancer Society chapter reported that someone has taken Sam, a mechanical mannikin it uses to show school children the effects of smoking. original open field resembles a crowded college campus. * * * The Texas Medical Center now includes four general hospitals, three of which are used as teaching hospitals; the M.D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute, considered one of the three top cancer treatment centers in the nation; two children's hospitals; a psychiatric research center; schools of medicine and nursing; a dental school; a rehabilitation center; a medical library; a speech and hearing center; a graduate school in biomedical sciences and a public health center. More than $136 million has been invested. in the medical center facilities. They operate on annual budgets totaling ?109 million, including $10 million for education and $24 million for research. There are 440 research grants now active at the center. Hospitals in the center have 3,000 beds and last year treated More Efficient The horse collar, horseshoes and tandem harnessing were the innovations of medieval European farmers when they found horses to be more efficient in plowing than oxen. Hal Boyle By HAL BOYLE NEW YORK (AP) - Life is made up of wonders. Among the things that stir us to wonder: Why, if hair has to grow in a fellow's ears after 40, does it have to be colored gray? Why a woman who wouldn't ordinarily hurt a fly manages to impale so many passing men with her umbrella on a rainy day? * * * Why bystanders are always called innocent? Why the horse that looks the best in the paddock always looks the worst coming down the home stretch? Why a wife who says she never has anything but a tuna fish sandwich for lunch always wants a one pound porterhouse steak when her husband takes her out to dinner? Why cats so consistently refuse to use a scratching post of their own and insist on sharpening their claws on the most expensive chair in the house? Why the doctor who tells you that you need to go on a diet usually outweighs you by 20 pounds? * * * Why motherhood is so universally admired but mother-in- lawhood is so widely laughed at? After all, every woman who became a mother-in-law had first to be a mother. Why suburbanites don't plant crabgrass on their lawns instead of spending their lives fighting it? Why teen-age children act like angels in other people's homes and like fallen angels in their own home? Why women make their lives more difficult by being zippered DON'T GAMBLE WITH FIRE! YOUR HOME IS AT STAKE Fire can wipe out all the things you've worked for over the years, in a few moments. Don't take chances with your home or possessions. Prevent fires before they happen. For extra protection, insure with us now. FARMERS BANK And Trust Company INSURANCE DEPARTMENT 108 N. Broadway - Ph. PO 3-8104 up the back instead of in front? Why everybody smiles at a fat baby and wants to chuck him under the chin, but frowns at a fat man and pokes an accusing finger in his stomach? Why the more we do for our kids, the more we feel that we are leaving something undone? Why the boss never gives a guy a merit raise without also dolefully hinting that the firm may go broke before the end of the year? Why—with all the money it is getting—the government still can't afford to put enough glue on its postage stamps to make them stick? This problem has been with us for generations. Why a husband enjoys eating beef hash in a reslaurant at midday but kicks like a steer if his hausfrau serves it to him for dinner in his castle? Why, after a crowded trip by air, your piece of luggage is always the last one the porter pulls off the cart and puts on the luggage stand? Why it is that the easier science makes life for us. the harder it seems to be to get the same old kick out of it? if mokes good sense for guaranteed year'round ptlt-free living DON7 WAIT-CAUL TODAY PO 3-8233 91,317 inpatients and recorded 787,610 outpatient visits. Some of the center's facilities were used by DeBakey in research on ways to assist a damaged heart through postsurgical recovery. The result was an artificial pump which would allow the heart to rest until it was healed enough to resume work. De- Bakey became, in 1965, the first doctor in the world to use. such a device. Two of the eight patients who used it have survived. Doctors said the others died of complications unrelated to the heart pump. Cooley had organized his own team and, while still working under the general leadership of DeBakey, began research in another direction—toward heart transplants. At 59, DeBakey still, works an 18-hour day and drives his 34 residents hard. 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