The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on November 17, 1955 · Page 7
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 7

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, November 17, 1955
Page 7
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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17,1955 BtYTHEVTU.E (ARK.) COURIER NEWS , PAGE SEVEN Are Hospitals And Doctors Human Enough? Study Shows Many People Think that They Aren't Ay ALTOS L. KLAKESLEE A I* Science Reporter KANSAS CITY l.fl — The public's main gripe against doctors and hospitals is that they don't seem to be human enough, says a new study of people's feelings. Only a fifth of the people Interviewed -thought, p h y s i c i n n s charged loo much. Most did think hospitals cost too. much. Their main criticism was a feeling that doctors and hospitals gave an, impression of not caring deeply about the human patient, said Dr Karl Lonion Koos, professor of social welfare. Florida State University, Tallahassee. He said the remedy seems to be better human relations. 1,000 Persons The survey covered 1.000 persons interviewed in a northeastern U. S. industrial city or' 350.000. anonymously called "Metropolis/' Only 19 per cent ihrought doctors' fees were too high, Dr. Koos said in a talk prepared for the American Public Health Assn.'s 83rd annual meeting. But half criticized doctors for "being unwilling to make house calls" or insisting: that patients, unless severely ill, come to their offices or to the hospital. About as many objected to long waits in doctors' offices. And 64 per cent indicated that modern doctors, concentrating- on techniques to find and combat illness, "lacked the human warmth of the old-time general practitioner i\vho possibly knew less about medicine but more about his patients*," Dr. Koos said. He Quoted one woman as saying, "If v.-e could feel that we mean something to Dr. Blank, I'd be happy with him. But I 'm sure he has to look at baby's history, 01 have his nurse tell him who we are, so he'll know what to call me . . . It's like running through an assembly line ID go to his office . . . I'm sure, though, that he knows his medicine" Eighty-two per cent thought hospital costs too high, and 71 per cent thought hospital care unsatisfactory, Dr Koos continued. He said the hospital, as well as the doctor, "is caught in the coils of an advancing medical technology, as well as faced with pressing problems of labor and economics." "But it is also necessary to stale our belief that many of the ills current in hospital-patient-family relations are present simply because, as the respondents imply, the patient has been somewhat forgotten in the course of hospital progress." Bingo Banned By Jewish Group KIAMESHA LAKE. N. Y. <& — The United Synagogue of America has banned bingo or other games of chance for fund raising. The ban was contained in a code of synagogue practice adopted yesterday at the group's convention. The organization's executive director, Rabbi Bernard Segal, said that in the past congregations have been guided by state laws in regard to bingo, but added: "In the spiritual life the end does not justify the means." 'Hie convention represents 585 congregations and about a million Jews of the Conservative branch of Judaism in the United States and Canada. Commissioner Wins His Point NORTH PLATTE, Neb, tf. — William L. Wood, a retired railroad man, had been filling' the job of park commissioner on a part-time basis at S10 a year. Then the tMty Council made provision for a full-time commissioner a I $4,000 yearly. Wood said he wanted the job but would not take more than SGOO. The Council said that wouldn't do. Yesterday, however, they reconsidered and told Wood, "Okay, it's yours." They didn't say if there were any other applicants. BUST HUVS Christmas Cards Personalized witJi Name $460 25 Samuel F. Norn's Across From City Hall Watch Cleaning $3.50 3 day Service Mr. A. B. 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