The Amarillo Globe-Times from Amarillo, Texas on December 8, 1960 · Page 6
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Plains Look at Health Picture Thursday, December 8, 1960 Amarillo Globe-Timcj *+++*++****+**+*++*++*++*+ By MARY TOM RASCO Glotw-Tlmes Stoff Writer Disturbed over the fact that no appreciable improvement had been noted in the last 20 years in the infant mortality and morbidity rate in the United States, the American Medical Association's Committee on Maternal and Child Care recently recommended that a pilot program be set up to study the problem. To gather* previously unknown date, which might bring: about a reduction in infant mortality and morbidity, the American Medical Research Foundation has agreed to sponsor a $25,000 program in JOO hospitals in the country to provide information on the births of 100,000 babies. (A five-year program involving 1 one million births a year is planned to follow this pilot study.) Such information will be gathered, without cost to the hospitals participating in (he study and will be processed fay Sperry Band Corp, The statistical summations will be returned to the hospitals and to state and county medical committees for analysis and study. Hospitals chosen to participate in the study represent a variety of types and geographical locations. All must meet five basic requirements. They must be accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals, have 500 or more deliveries a year, have an active perinatal committee, maintain a delivery room log book and have a record room librarian. Northwest Texas has been selected as one of the 100 hospitals in the nation to participate in the study. Interest on the part of the staff may have been one of the deciding factors in the selection of Northwest Texas. Four Amarillo physicians, two from the city itself and two from the, Amarillo Air Force Base Hospital, attended the meeting of the AMA's Maternal and Child Care Committee at which the study was recommended. Only one other Texas physician went to Denver for the committee session. «· » « One set of infant mortality figures which will be unavailable to Northwest Texas Hospital, or any of' the other 100 participating hospitals for that matter, and one which is of grave concern to ethical physicians, is the number of infants who die each year as a result of criminal abortions. Only occasionally is the public aware of such infant deaths--and that is when a mother dies as a result of self-induced abortion or when a criminal abortionist is caught because of a death or severe illness which is a direct result of his, or her, activities. No one .knows the actual number of criminal abortions which are performed in the United States each year. Estimates run into the hundreds of thousands. They are much more common in Amarillo than we realize, Although physicians serioasly are concerced with the moral aspect of illegal operations to abort a baby--which many say is actually murder as life begins tae moment conception occurs--it is'the. health hazard of their women patients with which they are more vitally eoacernecL They say that most women do not realize the tremendous dangers of criminal abortions. For every patient who dies, thousands may be left permanently unable to reproduce children or otherwise physically disabled as a result of infection. It is a rare abortion, indeed, which is conducted under sterile conditions. Physicians also are" concerned with emtional problems women I have as a result of an abortion. They say most women develop terrific.guilt complexes as a result of their actions. Strangely enough, physicians. believe more married than single women have criminal abortions. curs continually, annual immunization has been recommended. Most who seem to be willing to take the risk -- without fully ^on realizing the hazards married women who either want! no children at all or who they "The American Heart Associa- the National Heart In- tberefore, to facts to the attention of all _ _ n addiion, it is ready have all of the children!urged that persons with cardio- want I vascular disease consult their disturbing to somej p . : Amarillo physicians who have! 01 . . . been confronted with the prob-| vaccmatlon % . , lern is the idea that has arisen j t ., . ,^ . that criminal abortion is a sim-j Heart *auure Is a tn^jienin,, pie matter and that it is even!term when it is misunderstood. a "do-it-yourself" job. ! 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