The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on January 25, 1968 · Page 3
Get access to this page with a Free Trial

The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 3

Blytheville, Arkansas
Issue Date:
Thursday, January 25, 1968
Page 3
Start Free Trial

MythcvIRt (Ark.) Courier News — Thursday, January K, 19W — Fajt Hr» *s Britain's Transplant Dilemma i5 , ^_. ^ a «,, Plastic Hearts or Butter By TOM CULLEN I say how this will fit into the European Staff Correspondent | Medicare program, which many LONDON (N E A)—The coming of spare - parts surgery —the transplanting of hearts, kindeys and livers from one doctors feel is the first step toward socialized medicine in America. Legally and morally, every human being to another—may. Britain with an ailing heart be regarded as a boon to man- would be as much entitled to of these marvels as any kind in America. But in Britain it is seen as dealing a crippling blow to the free health service, which is already staggering under a heavy financial load. , With d e v a 1 u a t i o n of the pound, the British Labor government is faced with slashing its hospital building program and otherwise paring the socialized medical setup, one other of his feliow sufferers; yet, the w a y t h e National Health Service operates at present, it would be completely swamped by their total demands. After the successful heart, kidney and liver transports, other organs •— the pancreas, the stomach, even the brain—• are coming under medical scru- which eats up 5 per cent of I tiny as possible transplants, the Gross National- Product. | As Britain's Minister of Tech- There is even talk of re- jnology Anthony Wedgwood-Bean storing drugstore prescription j remarked recently, "Death is charges in an effort to m a k e j becoming as optional as birth the free health service pay i has beome since the introduc- part of its way. But with spare - parts surgery now coming into its won, ailing Britons may soon be demanding a heart transplant or a new pair of lungs, in addition to the free dentures, artificial limbs and Wigs they now get under the National Health Service. The cost of supplying such transplants would be prohibitive, it is pointed out here. Even if Britain were solvent, it would still be too much of a financial drain on its free health program to save all the people who need spare part surgery, it is claimed. The drama is already highlighted here by the present shortage of kidney machines. An estimated 23,000 people here need dialysis, as the kidney machine treatment is called, but the health service has only 600 machines to go around. This means that doctors are called upon daily to make agonizing decisions in choosing which of their renal patients they think would benefit most by dialysis. Dollar - wise it is cheaper to transplant kidneys than to give a patient dialysis over a year. The operation costs around $2.400 while the treatment runs to $3,600 a year. However, at present only about half the kidney transplants succeed, the grafted organ being rejected by the body in the rest of the cases. Scientists think that they may be able to lick the body rejection problem through tissue- typing, or matching the tissues of the donor with those of the recipient in much the same manner that blood is typed. If the scientists succees, the lives of a third of those who suffer from renal failure may be saved through kidney transplants at a cost of only $4.8 million a year: To put the same number on kidney machines would cost close to $50 million and tie up at least 5,000 nurses and staff. .=• However, the spare - parts problem doesn't end there. Every -year 63,000 men die in Britain from coronary diseases, the biggest killer of them all. Nearly all of these men would benefit from a heart transplant, such as the late Louis Washkan- facets, but the typical cut is 58. sky underwent in South Africa, but the cost of such operations is fantastic, at the present stage of medical knowledge. American doctors predict that within the next decade, or so that an artificial heart will be perfected and in use, but even this would cost as much as a motorcar (excluding surgeons' tion of the Pill." Not all Britons are happy with the shape of things to come. Dr. Harley Williams, director general of the Chest and Heart Association, thinks that the recent South African heart transplant was a mistake. "Surgery does not consist of just diving in at the deep end and hoping for the best." he., maintains. The Bishop of Durham thinks that the moral and ethical issue involved in spare - part surgery should be thoroughly debated, with clergymen and lawyers, as well as doctors, taking a leading role. Meanwhile, t h e nation has to face up to the question whether it can afford to subsidize expensive transplants out of public moneys, or whether it is a matter for the individual to pay for under private medicv ine. It is no longer a question of '.'guns or butter," but of "plastic hearts or butter." QUICK QUIZ Q—What was the site of the nation's first military airport? A—College Park, Md. This first military .and commercial airport has been in continuous use for 58 years .—. longer than any other airport in the country. Q—In what year was the date Oct. 4 followed by the date Oct. 15 and why? A—In 1582, when the Julian calendar was found to be in error, Pope Gregory XIII directed that 10 days be dropped. Q—How is the age of a horse calculated? A—From Jan. 1 regardless of the time of year it was actually born. Q—How does the rotation of the sun differ from that of the earth? A—The earth rotates as a whole. The sun rotates as a gas or fluid; it rotates more rapidly at its equator than at its poles, varying from 25 to 34 days respectively. It rotates more slowly than the earth.. Q—What is the standard number of facets in which a diamond is cut? A—Diamonds have been cut with as many as 140 or more Q—Are any metals light enough to float on water? A—Yes — lithium, potassium and sodium. Q—Who coined the phrase "Iron Curtain" that lias become the symbol of the struggle for power? A—Sir Winston Churchill in an address at Westminster College NEW YORK (AP) — Memory s the perfect museum. Its doors never close. H is always open, any hour of the day, every day of the year. At tbe whim of an instant one may stroll through its long galleries and see a past ecstasy, a previous glory. Your own museum of memories is pretty well stocked if you can look back and remember when— Bvery home had a fireplace because wood was cheap and DR. NORMAN SHUMWAY is one of the pioneers of. the heart transplant operations that's regarded as a booh to mankind by most Americans. But in Britain, where the free health service is already staggering under a heavy financial load, the work of Dr. Shumway and South , Africa's Dr. Christian Barnard Is causing more problems, j and hospital fees). They don't]in Fulton, Mo., March.5, 1946. Batman Going Out in Glory By BOB THOMAS AP Movie-Television Writer HOLLYWOOD (AP) — And now a final adventure for Batman: He is going off to that Bathalla in the sky. That's the way producer William Dozier describes the end of the "Batman" series on ABC. This week the word was handed down that the show will not be renewed for a fourth year. "Weil, we had a good three- year run," Dozier philosophized. "That's not bad for what was essentially a novelty show. You've got to be realistic about such series) they can't last to long. In fact, I was surprised that it went, a third season." When "Batman" arrived on the television scene in 1965, it was a rip-roaring sensation. Critics were confused as to whether to denounce it as child's play or praise it as camp. Adults were amused by the straight-faced heroics and the stylistic manner of the series, as evidenced in the comic strip "zaps" and "pows" that appeared on the screen during fistfights. There was never any question of how file youngsters felt about "Batman"; they loved it. The youthful audience re mained olyal into the third season, but the adults defected, and that can be fatal for a television series. It is still the adults who buy the sponsors' products, and if they aren't watchinv, they won't buy. "In the last rating, the show was still leading in its time period," DOzier observed. "But the adults had wearied of the series, and the audience ha become more and- more juvenile. If I were running the network, I would have taken 'Batman' off, too. The kids are just as happy to watch the old shows; they don't care if it's a repeat. So why go on spending $87,000 for new ones?" The quality of "Batman" was maintained to the end; coming up are such guests as Zsa Zsa Gabor, Howard Duff and Ida Lupino. The new shows will run out at the end of March, then peats will play on the network, probably through the summer. "Then we'll go into syndication, and I expect 'Batman' will go on playing forever," said the producer. "We'll have 120 negatives to sell, and there will be a whole hew .generation of kids coming along who whill have never seen the show." flfbti BACK TO THE WAIL, w t* ipetk, kuDflfter MIKM Celli atftMrid, SMI*: By kicking frantically with deiperately igiinit both feet IB the bull's A honeybee dies after it stings a person because it cannot free itself without tearing away part of its abdomen. THE FABULOUS JOHNNY CASH HOMECOMING SHOW Dyess High School Sunday, February 4th 3:00 P.M. ONE SHOW ONLY! FEATURING THESE TOP STARS • JOHNNY CASH • JUNE CARTEtt • GENE WILLIAMS • CARL PERKINS • STATLER BROS. • MOTHER MAYBELLE AND THE CARTER FAMILY • TENN. THREE ' ADMISSIOXl ADULfll »*.«• UOTWR II .... fl.M \ Hal Boyle perity for a family to own an electric blanket, although the first one to use it had a secret terror of being electrocuted while asleep. If you lost your sweetheart to another fellow, your friends consoled you with the sage saying, "Girls are like streetcars—if you miss one, there'll always be ano'ther along soon." Mother was certain you were born with real musical talent if you could put a piece of tissue paper on a comb and hum a Today In History Today is Thursday, Jan. 25, jie 25tli day of 1968. There are 341 days left in the year. Today's highlight in history: On this date in 1915, transcon- Tnental telephone service was inaugurated. On this date: In 1779, the Scottish poet, Robert Burns, was born. In 1819, the University of Virginia was established. plentiful. I recognizable tune on it. It gave a fellow a feeling he j Every block in America was getting ahead in tbe world when he saw his name printed for the first time in a telephone directory. Fountain pens were supposed to last a lifetime. seemed to have a neighborhood bully, and every other kid in the block was trying to raise the money to take a muscle building course by mail. No girl who valued her repu- You worried terribly if youitation. would appear in public broke a mirror because that i wearing a tight sweater, meant for sure you'd be dogged i You could get a good cup of by seven years of bad luck. | co ff ee anywhere in the United Few families sent a rug to the cleaner. One of tbe Saturday afternnon chores of childhood was to hang rugs on a backyard rope and whalt the dust out of them with a wire beater. Boys and girls were so shy with each other that when a couple dated for the first time one or the other was almost sure to get an attack of nervous hiccups. No hotel lobby was complete without a potted palm. Every farmer wore a blue and white striped cap, and in the right-hand pocket of his overalls there usually was a big chunk of chewing tobacco. It was a genteel mark of pros- ing. States for a nickel. In 1831, the independence of Poland was declared. In 1858, Felix Mendelssohn's "Wedding March" was played for the first time. In 1944, in World War 11, the long, costly battle for Cassino began in Italy. In 1949, the first election was held in the new state of Israel. . Ten years ago — President, Dwight D. Eisenhower visited" ^ the Pentagon to demonstrate his f personal interest in reorganiza-. tion of the Defense Department^ One year ago—Defense Secr'e" jtary Robert S. McNamara said I American servicemen would be- ; I sent to South -Vietnam at a. j much slower rate in the coming I year. '.-, Parents weren't afraid of talk-! ing back to their children. j Those were the days! Remember? CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Detective Henry McGray, a member of the police department community relations section, has been conducting a search recently for "women who are holding onto their pocketbooks for dear life." When he finds one, he gives her a $5 reward on behalf of the Charlotte Merchants Assn., which is seeking to bring attention to a basic way of preventing purse snatch- FLU GET YOU? For fast relief of the aches, pains and fever chilis that come with colds and flu, take ST. JOSEPH ASPIRIN, full strength. HEALTH AUTHORITIES RECOMMEND: 1. Drink plenty of liquid. 2. Best in bed. 3. Take aspirin. U. S. Government-sponsored study showed; St. Joseph Aspirin is as fully effective as all 4 of the other, leading brands of pain relief tablets tested (inclwli«} tf«7i!ste>price.a»pirtii). So.... WHY PAY MORE? GET THE BEST FOR LESS! GetSt.Joseph'Aspirin Your Friends And Neighbors At BLYTHEVILLE CANNING COMPANY Are Asking You To VOTE FOR BLYTHEVILLE'S '300,000 INDUSTRIAL BOND ISSUE ON TUESDAY, JANUARY 30th * These bonds will INVOLVE NO TAXES . . . NOT NOW OR IN THE FUTURE, Their repayment is guaranteed only by the Canning Company and not by the City of Blytheville. * It NEVER will be possible to assess taxes against any property to retire these bonds. + Blyfheville Canning Company is Blytheville's oldest industry. It has a record of continuous growth and stability. Your vote will help us grow once more and provide more JOBS and more WORK HOURS for your fellow citizens. BLYTHEVILLE COMPANY

What members have found on this page

Get access to

  • The largest online newspaper archive
  • 11,100+ newspapers from the 1700s–2000s
  • Millions of additional pages added every month

Try it free