Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on July 14, 1974 · Page 11
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Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 11

Fayetteville, Arkansas
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Sunday, July 14, 1974
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Just Watch Those Air Mail Stamps Norfhwert Arkonsoi TIMES, Sun., July 14, 1974 PAYITTIVILLI, AMKANIA* 11A Survey Finds Both Pluses And Minuses In Postal Service By RICHARD J. MALOY TIMES Wnshliigton Bureau WASHINGTON If you are sending a letter several hundred miles away, don't bother to put an air mail stamp on In most cases It will get to its destination just asjast with a first class stamp, and you will save three cents postage in the bargain. On the other hand, air mail Is still the fastest way to get a letter to points a thousand or more miles away. The sharp decline In short- haul air mail service was the most striking finding in the an- nual survey of mail service made by the Washington Bureau of TIMES. ' The survey also showed most other types of mail service currently meeting or exceeding self-imposed goals established by the U.S. Postal Service. Postmaster General Elmer T. Klassen said the Postal Service is dedicated to achieving overnight delivery of all local area mail, overnight delivery on 95 per cent of air,.mail going less than 600 miles; two-day delivery for all other airmail and for first class mail going less than 600 miles; and three-day delivery for all other first class mail. To see how the Postal Service is living up to iis goals, several test Idlers were sent to 46 newspapers in 25 states across Ihe nation by the Washington Bureau. Local editors noted the time of arrival and then sent other test letters back to Washington where their transit time was also recorded: RESULTS COMPARED The resuls were compared with similar surveys made by the bureau during the past several years. Two years ago, whsn the Postal Service first announced its goal of overnight delivery on air mail going less than 600 miles, 75 per cent of the test etters had next day service. Last year only 50 per cent of the letters achieved overnight delivery. This year, only 35 per cent of the air mail letters going to medium distant points were delivered overnight. The most marked decline was air mail service between Washington and Ohio. Last year 80 per cent of air mail letters from Washington to Ohio arrived overnight. This year only 10 per cent got one day service. Postal Service spokesman Louis Ebefhardt said the energy shortage, which has caused a 10 per cent cutback n the use of trucks which pickup mail at airports and deliver t to local communities, may e responsible for the decline n air mail service to medium- distant points. In contrast to the decline in jhort-haul air mail delivery, the survey disclosed 100 per cent of letters sent by air to distant points achieved the Postal Service goal of two-day delivery. SPEED CITED Eberhardt said air mail wil generally reach points l.OOC miles or more apart one da faster than will regular mail. Of all air mail letters senl in the test this year, service The Family Practitioners A New Medical Breed as unchanged from last year n 45 per cent of them, worse n 38 per cent and improved n 15 per cent. The survey showed the Postal ervicc doing the best job of meeting its goals in handling rst class mail. Of first class test letters sent o points less than 600 miles apart. 93 per cent met the two- lay delivery goal. Of first class letters sent to points more than 600 miles apart, 100 per cent met the goal of three-day delivery. The air mail test letter sent 'rom Washington on June 19 to Fayetteville arrived in two days. The air mail test letter mailed back to Washington that week arrived in two days. The 'irsl class test letter mailed June 25 from Washington to Fayetteville arrived in three days, while the first class letter mailed back to Washington thai week arrived in two days. The most noteworthy findinj in the survey was the fact tha first class mail going.only se veral hundred miles arrives ridden Post Office Department, the new U.S. Postal Service observed its third birthday this month without fanfare. Postmaster General Klassen gin the 1074 fiscal year. He also reported 95 per cent of all first class local mail is being delivered overnight and 90 per cent of all first clasa announced that mail volume hit I mail throughout the nation is a record 83.7 billion pieces dur-lbcing delivered in three days. i By ALTON BLAKESLEE S SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) -J At age 26, .Marc Babitz, M.D. { is in arduous training to be- J come a new kind of medical · specialist. I It is taking him three years, J working 60 to 70 to sometimes ' 100 hours each week. t Marc Babitz delivers babies '. (obstetrician). He treats ear in- J fections (oto'laryngologisl). He j removes a gallbladder or ap- ;,, pendix (surgeon). He counsels ^ a quarreling husband and wife ;, on their emotional difficulties ;' or their sex problems (psy- · chotherapist). He advises about » a suspected cancer of the thy- · roid (oncologist). He keeps a I child in pain-free sleep during I surgery (anesthesiologist). · Marc Babitz is adding up the i · sums of all these and other spe r ' cialties into one whole -- into ? the new specialty of family ! physician. He is honing skills to I enable him to take care of 80 to £ 90 per cent or more of the sick- I nesses and problems that bring 1 people to doctors and clinics ; and hospitals. His main pur- ; pose is comprehensive medical ears did. Marc Dabitz, just beginning _s third year of residency, is a oung man with shoulder-length ack hair and gold-rimmed pectacles whc speaks rapidly ut very articulately, and who as graduated first in his. class om the University of Califor,a Medical School in San rancisco, receiving .the prize old headed cane award. REACHES DECISION It was in medical school, he ays, that he "decided to buck tide" of popularity of other pecialties and to choose fami- r practice. He dismissed one r o f e s ' s o r ' s objection that you're too good for that.' He's not alone. About 20 per ent of graduating medical stu- ents, their M.D. degrees and, now are applying for and primary care or ommunity medicine as career care for all the family. 1 And further, he is one of many new young doctors, and nurses.' who are choosing to sel up practice in small towns and rural areas, where good medicine has long been in short sup ply- Marc Babitz is part of _ E movement away from strict specialties, such as surgery or pediatrics or opthalmology that has been main attractioi: for medical school graduates. He knows, Marc Babitz says, that he won't make the money that super specialists com ; mand. But he is interested 1 caring for the whole person ; ' a n d in "considering the whole ; family as the patient." ; NEW SPECIALIST I But Dr. Babitz will have th' . prestige of being known as a ! specialist, becoming a ' diplo J mate of the American Board o ; Family Practice, if he passe ^ strict examinations. He will re [ main a diplomate if he keep ; passing tests required every si · years to assure he is maintain iirg his competence and knowl · edge. · Five years ago. family prac ; tice became the 20th speciall " approved by the America · Medical Association. Thus far " nearly 6,000 doctors have be ; come diplcrmates in famil · practice. They are among 35 · 000 members listed by th ; American Academy of Famil ; Physicians (AAFP).. There ar i 52,000 general practitioners 1 « the country and 330,000 license *. physicians, including specia ? ists, medical researchers, thos · in military and other' services. ; Family practice is the firs ; specialty to require periodic ei ; animations or re-certification J on the premise a physicia ,· could become partly obsoles · cent in 5 to 10 years, if h » didn't continue learning. · The Marc Babitzes are the ; new generation of the general · practitioner or 'family doctor of « the past. The difference is they I are being trained more rigor'. ously to treat the whole family, " providing as much primary I care as possible, while refer; ring patients to specialists J when indicated, as their fore- amily practice training, till more have primary c oals, says one Harvard Uni- ersity specialist. About eight er cent of doctors opting for amily practice are women. "The public and the govern ient and this institution ouldn't afford going on provid- n g super-specialists who :ouldn't take care of people tut just .their diseases," says )r. Herbert E. Vandervoort. 'A flood of top-grade medical school graduates now are enter- ng family practice." Dr. Vandervoort is associate clinical professor in psychiatry and ambulatory and commu- lily medicine at the University of California in San Francisco, and liaison officer to the family practice residency program iiere. The program is supported by the University and by the Board of Supervisors of Sonoma County, which supplied $'150,000 to build and equip the Family Practice Center, a working clinic on the hospital grounds. Ever since 1938, the Community Hospital (it has 144 beds now) has been operating a general practice residency, doing so on its own until the affiliation with the University of California in 1968. Among residents trained here since 1952, some 54 per cent went to towns of less than 10, 000 population, and 72 per cenl into towns of less than 30,000 people. Dr. Anderson says, "We re cruit residents for their interesl in small towns" and train them o be on their own. MANY ROLES . One afternoon, Marc Babitz nakes a check of a six weeks- old child, and her mother. He spends time with a man who lad lost his driver's license because of a suspected epileptic ieizure, but a brain scan and jther tests don't show epilepsy. The man complains of an inured knee that hurts particuar y when he practice catches for iis Little League pitcher son. Marc schedules an X.ray. A middle-aged woman reports some 'good progress control of her wheezing and runny nose brought on by an al- .ergy, and Mart is delighted necause, she, not he, had suggested .she use a. long-acting anti allergy drug that worked well. "She taught me something." · He counsels a young woman two weeks overdue to give birth, and explains how a drug will act to induce safe delivery. He writes a-letter in support of a young Marine who had to ex plain why he had gone AWOL He was distraught that his mother was dyiirg of cancer. He suggests quick tests to see if a young woman truly need; surgery, advised by a special- fast as does air mail st, to" remove a lump that might be thyroid cancer. He prescribes an antibiotic for a laby's ear infection, and treatment for a diaper rash which le diagnoses as ection. a yeast in- Like other residents, he is de- ighted when a patient says the whole family will start calling. . .. him for advice and treat- a 1 -*- cen| " , alr TMail stamp if yo - - ·- · have a letter going only 400-50 miles. Born out of the old patronagi NEW POLICY This is a result of a new po licy established last winter b. the Postal Service of sendin. all first class mail to distan points by air. Letters bearin air mail stamps still get som preferential handling on th ground, but in general a 10-cen first class stamp is as good a ment while he is a resident, making him truly the family doctor.' During a break in his day, he says, "I've learned not to tell patients that I will see them Later in my office in the clinic, because then they might think I'd discovered something bad- I talk it all out during the exam- .nation or later discussion." In the first year of residency training, Marc made $840 a month, and now has been raised to $1,024. ACADEMY of BEAUTY CULTURE A career in J months??? We eon offer you the utmost in skilled instructors and modern facilities. Bring this advertisement and learn of our special JULY and AUGUST enrolment fees. 109 W. Emma Ave. Spring dale. Ark. Phone 756-6060 EVEREST i JENNINGS WHEELCHAIRS FOLDS r010" RENTALS t SAIEJ Fayeltevllle Drnf E. Side S4Ua« 44Z-WJ --T~ TT*t [ YOUTH DIVES INTO I STICKY SITUATION · CLIFFORD. Pa. 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