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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 16

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Tuesday, November 5, 1968
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16 Palm Beach Post, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 1968 Scientists Probe 'Freezing Deaths GOT? q ipiMiHj;i I2LECT World Book Seinn StnU Eight human bodies that were frozen in expectation of a scientific resurrection lie waiting in funeral homes and crypts from New York to Los Angeles. By every standard of present-day science, the bodies are lifeless. They suffered further irreversible damage during the freezing process. The hope behind the freezing program is that science some day can find a way to both undo the damage and UP T Pol. Adv TAX ASSESSOR When you select a man to work for you, you choose the man who has the best background and qualifications to fit the assignment. When you vote for Clinton E. "Red" Taylor for Sheriff of Palm Beach County you are selecting a man well qualified for the job a man who has a lifetime of law enforcement behind him a man who is ready to put this knowledge and experience to work for the people of Palm Beach Coun- y- Taylor's Qualifications 1 California, New York and Michigan. They are also short of money. Although Bedford left $100,000 for cryonics research, the money remains tied up in probate, and tions show little interest in financing the work. Given massive amounts of money, Ettinger says, perfect freezing and thawing methods could be available In no more than 20 years. When that happens, he warns, the social, economic and ethical problems are likely to be overwhelming. Do the children of a frozen person inherit his property? What happens if that person is successfully revived and claims the property back? If a supposed widow remarries while her husband is frozen, is she guilty of bigamy? What if a distant relative decides he no longer wishes to be bothered with the expense of maintaining a frozen great-uncle? The questions will multiply if cryonics burial is more than just a pipe dream. Whether it is depends on what scientists learn about living cells at ultracold temperatures. On the basis of past scientific achievements, few scientists are ready to rule out entirely the idea that today's children may one day oversee vast cryonic crypts, where acres of bottled parents await a return to life. CREATIVE PAINTING for exprrirnrcd artists CAKM INK M EKLETTO THURSDAYS 1-4 p.m. BEGINS NOV. 7 ENROLL NOW call Mr. Holland 832-5194 then cure the diseases that killed the eight frozen people. The leading figure in the drive to avoid death through freezing is Robert C. W. Ett-tnger, a Michigan high school physics teacher, whose book, 'The Prospect of Immortality," gave the movement its major impetus. According to Ettinger, "Freezing, if it works, will not just allow an Invalid to hang on a bit longer, but will allow transformation of the invalid Into a healthy, vigorous citizen, with a much longer and brighter future be-foie him than he had as an infant." While the idea appears farfetched to most scientists, few are ready to rule it out entirely as a distant possibility. Acknowledging that even more improbable past visions have been fulfilled by scientific advances, most scientists give freezing at least a respectful hearing, and some are becoming more closely involved. For example, the Cryonics Society of America "cryonics" is a word coined to describe human freezing recently announced formation of a scientific advisory committee whose members include Gerald Feinberg, a professor of physics at Columbia University; Dr. Peter Gouras of the National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Blindness; Dr. M. Coleman Harris, editor of Annals of Allergy; and Dr. William G. Manax, director of the transplant divi- Retired Captain, Florida Highway Patrol after 22 years service. His last FHP command was the Turnpike Troop at West Palm Beach. Director of Operations, Florida State Turnpike Authority. U. S. Coast Guard Intelligence, World War II. Sheriff, Palm Beach, County, 1962. Investigator, Florida Securities Commission, West Palm Beach office. He was educated at the University of Florida, Stetson University and Northwestern University Police Administration School. Red Taylor has an unblemished record of more than 28 years as a professional law enforcement officer and administrator, a career marked by steady advancement in rank and responsibility. It's Time For Democrat Red Taylor! Pd Pot Ao. VOTE FOIl ROBERT C. Pledged to not only full time but overtime service COUNTY COMMISSIONER REPUBLICAN Pd. Pol. od awth Camp. Trtot m sion at Chicago's Michael Reese Hospital. And, while the agreement setting up the committee carefully stipulated that its members "do not necessarily endorse the views of the CSA" and take no stand on "cryonic suspension of legally dead people in the present state of the art," the cryonics group called the agreements' breakthrough that we believe to be of historic importance." The most visible stumbling block in the path of the society's dream is the present impossibility of freezing and thawing complex organisms. Early attempts at freezing living cells failed because Ice crystals formed and punctured cell walls. Scientists now can prevent that by adding an antifreeze compound, such as glycerol or dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO). Even so, the longest time that a mammal can be frozen and revived successfully Is about an hour, and the lowest known body temperature at which humans have survived is about 72 degrees. There have been cases in which people have been frozen in winter weather and have recovered, but Ettinger proposes something far more drastic storage at the temperature of liquid nitrogen, r min us 190 degrees Cen tigrade. Ettinger bases his hope that science can find a way to revive people from that temperature on experiments In which bacteria and Insects have been frozen successfully for years with no apparent damage. Extra hope, he says, comes fron Indications that "in many cases the damage (to frozen cells) seems to occur chiefly not in freezing or storage, but in thawing and while removing the protective additive." The first man to stake his future life on cryonics was James H. Bedford, a retired professor of psychology who died in Los Angeles at the age of 73 on Jan. 12, 1967. The procedure followed in Bedford's case is basically similar to that performed for the others who have been able to afford the full cryonics treatment. First, an anticoagulant was injected to prevent blood clotting. Then the chest was opened and the heart was massaged, to keep the brain supplied with blood. The body was then attached to a heart-lung machine, and packed with ice to lower its temperature. Most of the blood was removed, being replaced with a saline solution mixed with DMSO. The temperature was then lowered to minus 79 degrees Centigrade with dry ice, and the body was flown to Phoenix. There, at the Cryo-Care Equipment Corp., it was placed in a specially designed cryonics storage unit basically, a huge vacuum bottle with liquid nitrogen immersing the body and was put into a special storage area. There it remains. Some of the other bodies remained packed in dry ice because there is no way of paying for the cryonics storage unit (between $3,000 and $4,000) and the cost of replenishing the liquid nitrogen (sev SDndDiinM Yawin fin Clerk Circuit Court KEEP 10 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE Examine The Record of Proven Economy, Efficiency, and Courtesy i f Served as Clerk of the Criminal Court six years. Re duced operating costs from 59.55 to $3.22 Fulfilled campaign pledge to combine offices of Clerk of Criminal and Circuit Courts doing both jobs for one salary. TMnnlkeiPS o o o V Returned last year to County Treasury third highest per cent of fees in excess of operating costs in state. Almost ' of a million dollars. Modernized office systems and installed computer operation for greater efficiency. V Created courteous and efficient team. DEM. M Co. Timi Throughout the 1968 campaign, the Republicans have been praising their party's choice for President. Nixon has something to offer. So does Humphrey. And Wallace. But, today when you vote for your choice in the county races make sure it is a "choice". Don't vote for a "team" or a "pied piper group that sticks together regardless. Today, you must vote for the qualified man to handle your taxes. Your county government. You must vote for the man who can think for himself. The man who can make the right decisions for the betterment of all citizens of our great county. Indeed, we can't afford an office holder who is more concerned with his party's opinion than your opinion. Think about it. Does it really matter who the supervisor of elections is voting for? A candidate for Judge? A candidate for county commissioner? Don't vote for a candidate merely because he supports the same man you do for President! Vote today for the qualified man. Don't vote "straight ticket". Vote for the man who can best serve you in Palm Beach County. Party labels mean next to nothing on the county level. NIXON SAYS THIS YOU CAN BELIEVE SOCIAL SECURITY An attempt is being made to frighten Americans over 65 with the charge that Richard Nixon is against Social Security. Here is the truth from Richard Nixon. I am not only for the benefits of Social Security; I want to improve and extend them, and I have proposed an automatic cost of living increase in Social Security and Railroad Retirement Benefits so that when prices do go up benefits go up automatically. But the present administration has actually opposed it and kept it from becoming law. I have urged an increase in widows' benefits, and permission for those past age 65 to build their benefits to higher levels; extension of Social Security to cover all older citizens and a relaxation of the existing limits on how much social security recipients can earn. eral hundred dollars a year). And, for family reasons, details of some of the other cryonics burials are skimpy. Thus far, these cases are known, In addition to Bedford's: Mrs. Marie Phelps Sweet, who died at the age of 74 in Los Angeles in October, 1967. Her body is at dry-ice temperature in a Los Angeles mortuary. Mrs. Helen Kline, who died of cancer in her mid-60's on May 14, 1968, in Los Angeles. Her body is in dry ice at the same mortuary. Russell Stanley, who died at the age of 58 in Los Angeles in September, 1968. His body is also in dry ice. An unidentified man who committed suicide in New Mexico in August, 1968. His relatives had his body frozen at Cryo-Care Equipment. A man from Michigan, who was frozen at Cryo-Care in September, 1967. A woman from northern California, who died in early 1968, whose body is In dry ice at Phoenix. Steven Jay Mandell, a 24-year-old student at New York University who died on July 28, 1968, from enteritis and renal failure. His body is in liquid nitrogen in a crypt at Washington Memorial Park In Coram, Long Island. The fact that the cemetery would accept Mandril's body and says thai It will accommodate future cryonics burials Is greeted as another breakthrough by cryonics proponents. Until now, the only crypt available for such burials was Cryo-Care, which was set up specifically for that purpose. . But such breakthroughs are rare. Thus far, the cryonics societies have only about 300 members, most of them in Opium Seized TEHRAN, Iran (AP) Seizure of more than a ton of opium concealed In a bus and uncovering of a ring smuggling the narcotics into Iran from Turkey was announced Sunday by Police Chief Moh-sen Mobaser. He said the opium was concealed under the seats and in the roof of the bus and quoted the driver as saying two Turks had planned to fly to Tehran to collect it for shipment to the underground markets. Who is the one who will achieve greater Social Security benefits? When you vote on November 5th, remember Nixon is the one. MEDICARE Win Deserves TTdDdlaiy? A campaign is under way to deceive older Americans with the charge that Nixon is against medical care for them. Here is the truth from Richard Nixon. Americans over 65 get less adequate medical care than younger Americans even though they are sick more often, and illness is still a major economic burden for older people, as many of you know only too well. And the answer is that Mediccre has not worked as effectively as it ought to be working. Often it does not get to the people who need it the most. The delays in payment often seem endless. The program is hopelessly tangled in red tape. That is why I propose to make Medicare work better by simplifying the program and by improving its efficiency. In addition, I have proposed a 100 income tax deduction for drug and medical expenses which older people still have to pay for out of their own pocket. THIS ADVERTISEMENT PAID FOR BY THE DEMOCRATIC EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF PALM BEACH COUNTY. BETTY ALLEN, PRESIDENT. ROBERT SCOTT, TREASURER Who is the one who can improve medical aid and provide a greater medical care for older people? When you vote on November 5th, remember Nixon is the one. M. tot by Niion Agnm Comm. of P.I. County Jock Coiudy-Rufh TKomot Co-chairmtn ISM

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