Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on July 16, 1972 · Page 138
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July 16, 1972

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 138

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pwuiFssm EDITED by LLOYD SHEARER INTEUIGENCE REPORT BECAUSE OF VOLUME OF MAIL RECEIVED, PARADE REGRETS IT CANNOT ANSWER QUERIES. VIETNAMESE AMPUTEES PRACTICE WALKING AT REHABILITATION INSTITUTE IN SAIGON. U.S. Armed Forces have -dropped more tombs, grenades, napalm, shells, defoliants, and herbicides on Vietnam than any other country in history. At the same time the North Vietnamese and the Viet Cong have planted more booby traps and land mines in Vietnam than any other Army. The combined result is that Vietnam today has become a land, of limbless refugees. How many? No one knows. But an estimate of 100,000 limbless men, women and children is probably minimal. The Vietnamese National Rehabilitation Institute in Saigon has an eight-year backlog of refugees waiting for an artificial arm or leg or both. Since 1966 the institute has fitted 20,000 persons with new limbs. But the demand for prosthetics is far greater than the supply. One of the most awful. tragic sights of street life in Saigon is the number of children who have stumps instead of arms and legs. One of the arguments for legalized ______._._ abortion is that, ultimately, it is the children who suffer from being unwanted. This is borne out by a . Swedish research team in its recent follow-up study of 120 children born between 1939-1942 after their mothers had been refused therapeutic abortions. Researchers Hans Forssman and Inga Thuwe compared these "unwanted" children with a control group of 120 oi.hers born at the same time in the same hospitals. They found that the unwanted children were more likely than the control group to suffer from insecurity and instability in childhood. The incidence of learning problems, psychiatric disorders, delinquency and crime was about twice as high among the unwanted children, and they were about six times more likely to need public assistance between the ages of 16-21 as the control group. Writing in the "Acta Psychiatric Scandinavaca," Hans Forssman and Inga Thuwe conclude that "the very fact that a woman applies for legal abortion means that the prospective child runs a risk of having to surmount greater social and mental handicaps than its peers The legislation of therapeutic termination of pregnancy should also consider the social risks to which the expected child will be exposed." HI UflUl) Health-minded Ml lilllll apartment hunters may soon spend more time checking the wind currents around a prospective dwelling than the appliances. Depending on which way the wind blows, an apartment on one side of a citv street may be subject to twice as much carbon monoxide as the apartment across the street. Scientists at the Stanford Research Institute drew this conclusion after a recent study of "street canyons," or the movement of air masses between tall buildings. The study indicated that when the wind blows parallel to the street direction, it distributes poisonous auto-exhausts equally on both.sides of the street. But when the prevailing winds blow at an angle to the street, the buildings deflect it into a circular path. The wind sweeps one side of the street clean and deposits all the street poison on the other. No matter which side of the street you're on, you'll breathe easier on the top stories, as far away from the street as possible, and in windy rather than calm areas. Predicting the life ex- IIU pectancy of Jli a cancer patient is a highly uncertain business.' Dr. C. Murray Parkes of St. Christopher's .Hospice in England compared physicians' predictions with the actual life expectancy of 168 terminal cancer patients after hospitalization. In 53 percent of the cases, he found, the patient either lived twice as long or half as long as predicted. Physicians are more inclined to be optimistic than pessimistic, Dr. Parkes points out in the "British Medical Journal." Of the inaccurate predictions, 83 percent erred or. the side of optimism. This optimism may stem from the physician's desire to reassure patients and their families, Dr. Parkes suggests, but more accurate predictions are vital so that medication and treatment can be administered at the proper time. PARADE · IUI.Y 1C..

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