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PAGIIIX BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18,1955 He Bosses US' Diplomatic Doctors „..__„« ^.tu/iov . DMt In South America that they BT KENNETH O. OILMORK NBA StiH Correspondent WASHINGTON — (NBA) — The phone rang in a small annex office back of the mam building of the U. S. State Department. It was a trans-At- lantic call from an American embassy in southern Europe. -One of the girl secretaries here has a bad case of polio," said the voice on the other end. Quickly and calmly the man who tnswered the phone asked a few questions. Shortly afterwards, a U.S. military plane roared off the runway at Trankfurt,' Germany. On board were a doctor, a nurse, and an iron lung. Ten hours later the poliostrtcken girl was back in Frankfurt at an American hospital where the most modern equipment was available. The man who put this emergency operationinto action was Dr. Virgil T. DeVault, medical director of the American Foreign Service. For his is the unique job of guarding the health of 20,000 D. S. civilians employer' abroad by the State Department and other agencies. DeVault works with a team of a dozen doctors located all over the world. Thev comprise a unique corps of medical men. They are Uncle Sam's diplomatic doctors. Their job is complete. They must work in strange countries and cope with maladies from schLstos- jniasis to elephantiasis. Often they must perform difficult emergency operations in backward areas without up-to-date medical facilities. Not long ago, for example, a diplomatic doctor delivered twins at a remote Far Eastern post l\v means of a Caesarean section. There was no time to fly the mother out to a Automation Draws Praise From Reuther post in South America that they sent us another cable asking if that was our answer." Frequently a past will want advice j SeV^fee" KnnoT^^the ther^dent of the CIO, said ye, lnf.rm.tion himself, he cets in touch L^L^? 1 ™^"L,?. WASHINGTON Walter Reu- i the country's lop specialists. four-(i;iy work week, longer vacation periods, opportunities for early reiirpii't'n 1 ;1S well as a vast in- The other day. for example, an crea se in our material standards of embassy cabled that a local doctor living " there wanted to perform a special! B ' he said carcfu , soclal plan . bladder operation. DoVrutlt was not | nj d proper controls will be sure this was the correct step so | ^ d ' lf liie changeover is to be he checked with an outstanding ^ e ••wKhout first having to pay urologist in nearby Baltimore who , ^ ice in unemployment and advised to go ahead. ^^ suffermff .» Rentier's testimony was pre| pared for a Senate-House Econorn- ,wa y :MVobab.7no'oTher'lWns|« subcommittee as it contmued man Is more familiar with the medl! | hca "f s on the e " l ' cts of am ° n "- cial facilities that exist throughout non the world. • mMtp Up to now, he has flown over 300.0000 miles and personally visited hundreds of foreign doctors in every U.S. Foreign Service post in the world. Thus when a Cambodian doctor . More than once Df-vatilt has been wakened in the middle of the niaht to handle a case thousands of miles tirement; improved social welfare services; loans and other aids to small business; retraining of workers whose jobs were eliminated; aid to communities affected; and pricing policies which would help consumers enjoy the Increased production. He suggested lower taxes for low and middle income groups and an increase to $1.25 an hour in the federal minimum wage. OLD MUKALS UNCOVEED During restoration of historic Vernon House, in Newport, Rhod* Island, workmen removing paneling discovered murals said to bt 18th century Chinese wall frescoes. DIPLOMATIC DOCTOR IN* EGYPT: Left to right, a pyramid, the Sphinx, and the State Department's Dr. Virgil T. DeVault. cables a diagnosis of an ailing • •-American in Phnom Penh, DfVauH I chines knows the man's professional can- abilities and is able to act accordingly. factory processes. He s;ud a gradual reduction of the \vo:'ti week to 30 or 35 hours and a rapid increase in consumer buying po'.vcr are needed as "cushions" so absorb ihe workers who would "t:- replaced by the new ma- •in delivering the twins both alive. modern hospital. The operation was They are a5s i s t e d in some places by performed on a kitchen table and n Foreign Service nurses who oper- penormea un H MLCIICH muic aim 17 ^'oreign oervice iiursej* wnu upti- thc doctor miraculously succeeded ate health rooms at various diploma•~ tic posts. Several of these nurses work entrely U.S. employes and any sick Americans who might turn up. A major job of the Foreign Service's medical staff is to transport persons in need of outside medical attention to hospitals where they can be given the proper treatment. Cuckoo Bird Is Learning To Say 'Cuckoo' LONDON (fP) — George Layer reports that he's trying to teach a cuckoo to say "cuckoo" and is making some progress. Layer found the bird when It was a fledgling last spring and made a pet of it. Bird experts say young cuckoos learn to say "cuckoo" by listening to old cuckoos who know how to say "cuckoo," Layer explained. He didn't say how the first cuckoo learned, but then which came first, the egg or the chicken? i Having no old cuckoo handy, Layer has been trying to nil the gap by saying "cuckoo" whenever he meets his pet around the house. "Only a cock cuckoo cuckoos," Layer told a reporter. "I am pretty certain frorn my cuckoo's reaction to my cuckooing that he's a cock. He's beginning to show more interest in the call, and I'm confident that by next spring, he'll lie cvikooing like any other cock cue',:: i." md keeping | * * * This means Dr. DeVault and his assistants in Washington must care- "Ourdoclors must be topnotich all-! fully diagnose ills via transoceanic around general practicioners and j telephone, cablegram or air mail. surgeons combined." explains De-!Take the case of the ambassador at Vault. "They must be willing to ja Near aEstern post who was stric- serve for comparatively little com-- [ken with an acute gall bladder. pensation. Furthermore,, they are j .Immediately a cable was sent , to pioneers who must know how to . Washington. DeVault and other doc- improvise." j tors looked over the brief medical Most of these men are young, with j report, checked the amabassador's - ' - - ' medical record, and decided the patient should be flown to the American hospital in Frankfurt, He authorized a plane to be sent from Germany with a doctor and nurse. Twelve hours later the ambassador was being operated on in Frankfurt. "When a cablegram cornea into the office, we go to work on it Immediately," says DeVault. "Once we sent back an answer so fast to a. approximately five years experience. FARMERS! Clean Your Own Beans and SAVE With the Clipper Bean and Grain Cleaner • Lightweight • Compact • Completely Portable SEE IT TODAY! BYRUM IMPLEMENT CO. 118 E. Main Phone 3-4404 NOW... The Great New Gasoline With Powerful LIONITE Is Now Available At Your Favorite Lion Oil Dealer In This Area: Andy's Auto Service Second and Ash B and H Service Station Ark-Mo Slate I,inc Smitty's Grocery Ruddle Road A. W. West Grocery Ruddle Road S. 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