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Wednesday, June 28, 1972
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Facing Death as a Fact of Life Hy DAVID I1KNDIN NBA Science Editor NEW YORK - (NBA) In today's outspoken age we are willing to talk about almost every aspect of human life. The most intimate sexual matters, once taboo, are now discussed without hesitation in schools, newspapers and once-staid magazines. Yet one subject of profound interest to each of us has remained submerged in the murky pond of profanity until very recently. That subject is death. More than 5,000 Americans die daily. Violent death figures prominently in the news and popular entertainment. Nevertheless, the behavior of the dying and their survivors remains private. The majority of today's dying are relegated to out-of- the-way beds in hospitals and nursing homes. The death of a loved one is no longer a sad, but peaceful, family matter. Once there was a time when man knew how to die, he was aware of approaching death and he prepared for it. Today, however, the intimate circle of family and friends no longer gathers to exchange final words of love, faith and wisdom. Loved ones no longer slip away peacefully. Instead, when man goes his mind is fogged by drugs, he is entub- ated, aerated, glucosed and comatose. He is alone, surrounded only, perhaps, by the hissing of life-sustaining oxygen. Surely the dying wonder why, after years of sharing sorrows and joys, they cannot be allowed to face the greatest of all crises with their family. This combined problem is only one of the factors that have combined to push the study of death and dying (thanatology) into the forefront of concern. Add the profound questions of euthanasia, transplantation and the dilemma of the exact time of death—if there is one. Spice things up with the tantalizing —to some—prospect that a form of immortality, by freezing and later reviving the newly dead, may be possible. Question patterns of grief and bereavement. Ask how professionals can help. IN DEATH, Socrates saw a striking phenomenon, the cure for life. The result is a growing interest among thousands of sociologists, psychologists, physicians, lawyers, clergymen and just plain people who will, inevitably, die themselves someday. "We have shown an unmistakable tendency to put death aside, to eliminate it from life," wrote Sigmund Freud in 1918. Today we are dusting it off and taking another look. Large segments of the society are interested in a return to humanity, a back-to- earthiness movement. The students of death are among this group. The Foundation of Thana- tology is a few-year-old organization founded by several members of Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons. The prime mover of the foundation is Dr. Austin H. Kutcher, professor of dentistry, who was brought into the field after his own experience with anxiety and grief after learning that his wife was fatally ill with cancer. Kutcher found that he was almost totally unprepared for the tragedy that struck. Furthermore, he found that little counseling help was available to him or his dying wife. His organization now publishes three scientific journals, holds regular symposiums and has published a number of books for professionals. In Boston, the Equinox Institute, led by Dr. Melvin Krant of Lemuel Shattuk Hospital, is another of the new organizations created to encourage a greater interest in the human problems associated with death. Wayne State University has a center for the study of death, dying and lethal behavior and Chicago, Oregon, Pennsylvania State, Stanford, Rochester, Purdue and Boston universities are among those which have already held major seminars on death. Many more are being planned. Universities holding regular courses on death and dying are finding long lines of students waiting to enroll. At the 1970 convention of the prestigious American Association for the Advancement of Science, a major symposium on "Problems of the Meaning of Death" was held. The Chicago session was sponsored by the Institute for Society, Ethics and the Life Sciences, a work- Senate Unit Okays Bill Outlawing Commercial Sale Of Small Handguns WASHINGTON (AP) -The Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday approved a bill to outlaw the commercial sale of small concealable type handguns not suitable for sporting purposes. The measure, sponsored by Sen. Birch Bayh, D-Ind., was approved by a 12-2 vote after the Hiroshima Havoc The atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, by the B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay in 1945 destroyed 4.7 square miles of the city. An estimated 70,000 persons were either killed or missing. African Bird The secretary bird of Africa was named by early naturalists who observed that an erectile tuft of long black feathers on the back of the head looked like a secretary with quill pens in his hair, according to Encyclopaedia Britannica. Philip is a Greek name which means "lover of horses.' committee turned down a rival measure of Sen. Roman Hruska, R-Neb. Three bills offered by Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., to require the registration of all firearms, or the licensing of both long guns and handguns and of only handguns were rejected by one-sided margins. The handguns used in the assassination of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy in 1968 and in the attempted assassination of Alabama Gov. George C. Wallace last month would be banned from sale under the legislation. The shooting of Wallace during his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination spurred action by the committee on Bayh's bill, which had been lying dormant for over a year. The only two committee members who voted against approval of Bayh's bill were chairman James 0. Eastland, D-Miss., and Sen. John L. McClellan, D-Ark. Hruska supported Bayh's bill after his own proposal, based on standards of safety and reliability for the sale of handguns, was defeated. Gun-control proponents argued, as they have following the assassinations of other political figures, that the Wallace shooting was further evidence of the need for greater restrictions. But the National Rifle Association, the most visible opponent of restrictions, replied that new prohibitions would not keep guns out of the hands of a determined assassin. study center in lla.stings-on- Hudson, New York. The foundation-supported institute also has a task force on death and dying which meets several times a year and uses a multidisciplinary approach. The nation's most eminent theologians, physicians and lawyers attend. "Our embarrassment at the individual face of death forces the seriously ill dying person to live alone on the brink of an abyss with no one to understand him," says California psychologist Dr. Herman Feifel. Indeed, while modern medicine has done a great . deal to help overcome physical pain, it has accomplished precious little in the way of easing the final burden of loneliness. "The sting of death is solitude," adds Princeton University theologian P a u 1 Ramsey. "Desertion is more choking than death and more 1 feared." So, we need compassion. We need discussion. We need education. We need much more. All of it must be carried out on a very large scale, for the layman as well as the professional need help. History has shown, after all, that dying—natural proc- cess that it is for mortal men—need not be so difficult. "If you see anyone distressed at the prospect of dying," remarked Socrates, "it will be proof enough that he is a lover not of wisdom but of the body. As a matter of fact, I suppose he is also a lover of wealth and reputation." Socrates himself spent his final day of life in prison discussing his philosophy of life with his students. Even when he drank the fatal cup of hemlock, the courageous philosopher maintained Iran- quility of body and mind. With his final words, Socrates asked that thanks be given for him to the God of Healing, for in death this great man saw a striking phenomenon, the cure for life. AD REVENUE UP IN MAGAZINES NEW YORK (AP) - The first four months of 1972 saw magazine advertising revenue up 8 per cent over the same period a year ago, according to the Magazine Publishers Assn. Stephen E. Kelly, president of the association, said this was the largest January-to-April revenue in magazine history. 'Texas' Musical Drama Opens In Canyon Park PAMM DAILY NEWS * PAMPA, TEXAS 66lhYKAR Wednesday, June2§, 1972 State Rep. Christian Named To Who's Who In Politics CANYON — The seventh season of the "Texas" production opened with full houses for the first three performances. As part of the opening night ceremonies, visiting editors were presented with miniature bedrolls about three inches wide made by the committee of Miss Ruth Cross who was chairman of the gala opening festivities. Many papers sent photostats of their early editions for display, other materials were furnished by the Panhandle Plains Historical Museum in Canyon. A number of deaf people attended the Friday production and the production was interpreted in sign language for their information by Charles Bell and Cherry Burk of Amarillo. There will be a special performance on July 2, Sunday evening. Otherwise the cast will not appear on Sundays, but will play all other evenings through Aug. 26. For tickets and information, write Box 288, Canyon, Tex., or call 808-655-2182. AUSTIN (Spl.) -Stale Rep. Tom Christian of Claude was recently named to Who's Who in Politics in the South and Southwest. The book, to be published later in the year, provides a resource of biographical data of men and women who make up local, state and national government. In addition, the publication renders honor and recognition to those in public service. Rep. Christian's biography will join those of Governors, United States Senators, Congressmen and other political leaders in the South and Southwestern United States. Rep. Christian was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1968 and ran unopposed for a second term in 1970. A director of the Panhandle Livestock Association and the Panhandle-Plains Historical Society, Rep. Christian also holds membership in the Sons of the American Revolution and the Sons of the Republic of Texas. A man's heart weighs about 11 ounces; a woman's about nine ounces. BIG SAVINGS! 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