Altoona Mirror from Altoona, Pennsylvania on May 2, 1930 · Page 14
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ft B MARTYR ,TO HAY SCIENCE Dr. F, H. Baetjer of Baltimore 8a« Undergone Fifty-two Operations but Continues Perilous Work. By r.U:L HARRISON. NBA Service Writer. BALTIMORE, Md., May 2. think, 1 ' said Dr. Frederick Henrj Bftetjer the other day, "that I'd bet ter have some whittling done on this t fist." Thus did the internationally famous X-ray scientist and clinical professor of Johns Hopkins-Medical school give orders for his fifty-second major operation. There is no accurate recort of the minor operations, mere Incidents In the life of a pioneer Roent- genOloglst. but this is the fifty-second to require anaesthesia and severs weeks of hospital treatment. Dr. Baetjer is the "last of the ok guard." Contemporaries who devotee their careers to early development of X-ray processes, now so essential in nearly all branches of medical science have paid with their lives. The Johns Hopkins professor has paid with his health, but he intends to stay in the fight until the searing rays break down the final defense of the world's greatest surgeons. The last operation, involving skin grafting, was entirely successful, and the doctor should be out of the hospital In a week or two. He already has sacrificed seven lingers and one thumb in trying to tame the venegeful dragon which breathes out invisible, stabbing Roentgen rays. Several times the dragon has come dangerously close to nipping off an arm. The doctor lost an eye in 1908. Two subsequent operations removed the glands at the juncture of arms and shoulders. Every few months, now and then, he has had skin grafts performed to cover the deep burns which can be retarded but apparently not halted In their slowly destructive course. Twenty-nine years of this sort of thing would mark the souls as well as the bodies of most men. Dr. Baetjer has been touched too. but not in the way you would imagine. True, he has grown to hate the appellation of martyr, though martyr he certainly Is. And he is ill at ease with strangers, who, when meeting him, too often thrust out cordial hands. But among his friends, who are legion, Dr. Baetjer Is known as a gay and good companion. , It is from these intimates, most of them prominent in various walks of life, that you learn to know the real man in that wasting body. Only among the students and younger professors at the medical school is he a hero to be held in silent reverence. Close friends speak first of his ready sense of humor, his shenanigans at fishing camps, and the^ perils of being his opponent at bridge. On of these men said: / i "He knows more /funny stories than Anybody in towns^ I shouldn't be surprised If, right .this minute, over at the hospital, he's making up a. limerick that'll be sprung on the bunch at the Baltimore Cliib." Back in 1021, when Dr. Baetjer was honor gue^t at a dinner commemorating his.ftwentieth anniversary as '• Roenfcjfenologist. with 200 scientists j-gsfthered Irom the United States England, Prance and Germany, he was officially credited with authorship of the jingle: -••Mary had a little skirt; It was too short by half. • Who gives a damn for Mary's lamb I When he can see her calf?" * Baetjer was a native of Baltimore and graduated from Johns Hopkins . Medical school in 1901. Only six years * before. Konrad Roentgen of Germany had made the partially accidental dis- i i covery- of greenish fluorescent rays \ -which, because of their unknown qual- ) itiea, were called X, or unknown, rays. ' Baetjer decided to specialize in the de- !,velopment of this short wave length ! phenomenon which even then could . be made to reveal innermost bodily secrets denied to ordinary sCrgery. No one then knew of the safeguards : in universal use today—the Coolldge tube, guarded, by lead glass, aluminum 1 filters, and lead-impregnated rubber gloves. Baetjer was exposed for long periods each 'day without protection Eventually he discovered ways of con* paratively safe operation of the equipment, but not before he had sacrificed his health. By 1909, a year after he had lost an eye, four fingers had been amputated. Three other fingers' and a thumb have gone since then. The deep burns left elsewhere by the rays necessitated complicated grafting, the actual transplantation of flesh from his legs and abdomen. At times his maimed hands have been bound under living flaps of skin laid back from his abdomen and allowed to grow there until surgeons cut them away again, temporarily re, stored. "Much of the ,tlme," Bald another doctor, "he suffers intense pain. But he never complains. On marfy a. morning I've seen tears in his eyeu. But as soon as the hurt lessens he's his cheerful self again. "Other Roentgenologists, who I believe were unwilling to go through HO many operations, have died. Some believe he'll auccumb to the burns, too, or complications from them. But I always think back to 1914, when nobody gave him more than six months to live," Honors from all over the world have been heaped on Baetjer. During the war he served an a major in the Medical corps, seeing no reason why his lost fingers should exempt him. For two years he was president of the Society for Roentgenology. Now, at 57, he carries on an extensive private practice in addition to his work at / Jphns Hopkins. A fair amount of wealtli has come to Baetjer, too. He has a luxurious home at Catonisville, Md., a Baltimore! •uburb, and acres of ground where Afrti. Baetjer, -whom he married in 1903, cultivates horticultural hobbies. They have two children, a daughter at JSryn Mawr, a sun at Kent .school in Connecticut. Toe doctor drives his own car and Clips off the ten miles to Baltimore at something less than legally approved speed. Driving and fishing and playing bridge arc his hubbies. With •otne cronies he maintains a camp in the Pocono mountains uf Pennsylvania to which he sometimes slips away on week-ends. But whenever his health And practice permit, he dashes down to the Florida Keys to tumble with •Oine big fellows. Last year lie land•d the biggest talllibh encountered by fel* party. Specially designed r> el an'J Suzanne Designs New Sport Togs BRITISH FACING AN AWKWARD ISSUE Tennis togs denlgneil by SIIZHIIMC l,englcii (center) court longer skirts for grace, left: A heavy white wash- Ing silk frock has natural waistline, no sleeves and Is eight Inches below the knee. It has a loose jacket of dark blue wool fabric, and has Us white lining made like a separate jacket, and you can wear cither on top or either alone. Both the cliffs and the front of the jncket are held together by buttonholes with links slipped through. Klght: A pastel colored washing silk two-pleee tennis suit has a pleated skirt cut long enough for grace anil n very feminine neckline to the sleeveless junket. There Is a I/englcn bandeau of the same silk. ackle allow him to drag them In unaided. Even now Dr. Baetjer Is planning mother Florida trip, as a brief ^rest after his last operation. But if you hould want to lind him in a month rom now, go to his laboratory. He'll >e there, right on the job. OBS'l'JRVK T5GG WKEK. For the fifth consecutive year National Egg:' weelt will be observed May 1 to 7. Poultrylng now ranks as the sixth largest agricultural industry. Last year the value of poultry, and eggs produced in the United States exceeded $1,250,000,000. GROW BOOT VEGETABLES. The root crops, including beets, carrots, onions, turnips, salsify, parsnips, and rutabagas can be planted throughout the growing season to insure a plentiful supply for use then and a liberal quantity of ninny kinds of vegetables for storing or canning. By (Sfceclal Cable to Altooria Milter and ...'!». T, Sun.) May 2.—-file desire of labor government that an Australian citizen shotild be governor general has raised »n awkward Im* penal issue, and more Is likely to be heard on the subject when the Imperial conference is convened here, In September; . So far there has been rio Official comment oft the proposal that Sir Isaac Isaacs, chief justice of the commonwealth tif Australia, should be Lord Stonehaveh's successor as governor general, but the subject is being keenly discussed in the political world and In some quarters It Is contended that the royal prerogative Is being usurped. It Is also realized that If .the other dominions followed Australia's example the future of several royal personages, including two or more sons of King George, would be affected. It has been assumed for a long time that the Duke of York, In particular, was being groomed for some such responsible job in the future and the name of Prince Arthur of Connaught has been mentioned as the successor to Lord Stonehaven. The attitude of the Australian government is all the more Important because the MSJHMntmeftt 16 WS m*a« la the first 6f tti klntf undeY Au*8tra«*'» domiritart stttiU.. 1946, fey ff« BELGRADE, MaJ>- 2.—In JUffb-Si« vla's capital elty there no* IW* 104 can'tenarlans, according to offlclftl AtS- tistica, which also reveal that the total population. Is 292,298 and that 6* thfs number 8,000 are more than 60 years old. .The statistics also revealed that 1 nthe city ate 34,000 more men thMi women. v . 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