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ADA News (Newspaper) - April 23, 1973, Chicago, Illinois POWs Shunned Hanoi Dentists The major health problems of the re turning Vietnam prisoners of war as a group were dental caries and periodontal ing to a Defense Department And the POWs themselves affirm The ADA NEWS interviewed several of the men to find out about dental condi tions in the North Vietnam prison 1 would say that dental care was spo radic and low in said Air Force John of who was captured June The gen eral method of relieving pain was I received no dental care until said Robert of Ce dar who was captured in May In early 1969 I broke a tooth on rocks in the rice I was which was a com mon occurrence among the said I was chewing the rice rather than rolling it around in my The break in the tooth revealed a cavity in the tooth next to I had this problem for six months before I received any Then they pulled the broken Asked if a dentist did the Naughton it was a and she came out in a white which indicated that she may or may not have been a Borling did not think the persons who treated him were I think they were physicians who had been on trained in They said the North Vietnamese even tually came around about every six months asking the men if they needed any dental I once needed a tooth so I went with said They shot my mouth full of When I say my thats just what They put about five shots in and I think none of it entered my And Im sure none of it reached the It all ran down my They started working on the and broke it off at the gum he But they kept prying at and I could feel every bit of they indicated that it was pulled So they painted my gum purple and sent me back to the I didnt really think they had removed the entire Sure the tooth was still down From then on I stayed away from Naughton said eventually the word got out that the personnel were not but men who filled in as It got to the point that if you had any dental problem that you could you stayed away from But the pain of a toothache is very intolerable when it is a constant com said and the men occasionally had to seek Borling had a toothache in late 1972 and was given some type of clove root to chew to relieve the But their common treatment was putting as pirin on the which did not he The infection eventually cleared up and the pain went away even though the tooth remained He had root Continued on Back Page Nixon Misled Says Rogers Paul Rogers chairman of the House subcommittee on public health and en has criticized the Nixon ad ministration for refusing to honor com made to the health professions Speaking before members of the American Association of Dental Schools at their annual session here earlier this the keynoter warned that pro grams mandated and supported by Con approved and signed by the pres are faced with crippling reductions and in some instances complete elim Just 16 months ago the president gave wholehearted support and a strong com to the Comprehensive Health Manpower Training Act said He quoted the president as But legislation is only a first These new programs must now be adequately funded and effectively car ried who was presented an honorary membership in noted that health professions schools naturally moved to increase their enrollments and comply with the Today we hear from the administra tion that many of these health programs are no longer he The new secretary of HEW said in his testi mony before a Senate subcommittee that the time has come to bite the As a new member of this I hard ly consider that to be sound dental ad Rogers said that because of the manner in which many of the programs are being marked for we find the Congress in the position of making laws which the Office of Management and Budget are marking for We cannot operate in this with Congress passing laws and OMB un doing them at he This pro cess is a perversion of the Other congressional speakers who ad dressed the AADS members were Adlai Stevenson Robert Packwood and Alan Cran ston Another AADS story on Page American Dental Association News April 1973 Big Dental Exhibit Funds OK ADA Health Founda tion has approved a grant toward development of a dental health educa tion exhibit that will be seen by millions annually at the Museum of Science and Industry The Chicago Dental Society and the Illinois State Dental Society requested the Foundation grant and have pledged an additional each for the proj The Foundation grant is contingent on the other two The exhibit will be designed to pro ject a proper image of the profession and its associate fields to stimulate desire for proper dental care to help eliminate fear of visiting the dentist to stress pre vention and to stimulate career Development and placement of the exhibit will be under the direction of a special per sons from each of ADA representatives on the committee will be Robert ADA Eighth Dis trustee Gordon ADA executive director and Richard ADA assistant executive director scientific Illinois State Dental Society commit tee representatives will be Bert Gil Louis and Dominic Cat Chicago Dental Society repre will be Richard Thad deus and The exhibit will cover the following areas dentistry of the structure and function of diseases and irregular of the teeth and how they are corrective preventive presentday and dental The exhibit will be located with other health education exhibits at the museum and will occupy a space 24x75 Ini Continued on Page Eleven Shown Is a portion of a model of the planned dental exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry in
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