Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 4, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
22 THE LFTHBRIDGE HERALD Wednesday, April 4, 197J ?Life' meetings combat mental health problems By ALTON BLAKESLEE PEKING, China (AP) The Chinese have their own way of trying to nip some emotional or mental health problems in the bud, says an expert on Chinese medicine. "Many tensions can be re- laxed through 'life' meetings held by the street or other neighborhood traits in rural communes or cities, to thrash out personal or emotional prob- lems in a friendly says Dr. Ma Hai-teh, an American expatriate who has spent 40 years in China. Born George Hatem in Buf- falo, N.Y., he received his MD degree in the United States, specializing in dermatology be- fore coming to China in 1933. "Various hurts and animo- sities can be dealt with MD said in an interview. "These 'lite' meetings can in- volve personal affaire, dis- cussions of family problems, or relationships with neighbors. You could voluntarily bring up some personal problems. But if you didn't introduce something that was really bothering you others might because they had j noticed your behavior or atti- j tudes. "It is all discussed in a con- j genial way with no moralizing j or Ma said. j ILLNESS IS RARE j "There seems to be little mental illness in Ma said. "There are only two in- stitutions in Peking for mental illness, with only a couple of hundred beds he said. Maybe, he says, a reason for the low incidence "is the way of life, the relationship between people, themselves, their fami- lies, and their .work." "This could contribute a lot toward being a more relaxed, friendly human he said. Jobs are assured, he ex- plained. So is medical care, the chance to go to school, and there is fartless emphasis on the concept of promotions and ambitions to get ahead of some- one else. Mental hospitals in Peking CP's first woman trucker wants to go on long hauls HOCKEY'S BEST STORYTELLER Andy O'Brien brings you a collection of amusing stories about colorful "Babe" Pratt, hockey'j best storyteller this Saturday. IN YOUR IETHBR1DGE HERALD WEEKEND MAGAZINE TORONTO (CP) Louise Phillips wanted to work out- doors. So the 32-year-old registered nursing assistant, clerk-typist and mother of four started a new driver. She is Canadian Pacific's first woman truck driver and her ambition doesn't stop with the three-ton trucks she'll be shunting around the yards from now on. "I want to go on long hauls with a highway she said. That's trucker parlance for a tractor-trailer with a pup or smaller trailer hooked on behind. Mrs. Phillips was a clerk- typist at CP for three years before she began to eye the trucking operations. "The personnel manager didn't think it was too good an idea at she said. "But the operations manager said I should b3 given the chance and if I passed the written test and driving test, I could have a job.' Even the other drivers seemed to like the idea. "They all wished me good she said. "I'm not worried. I know how to drive." and Shanghai were visited a year and a half ago by Dr. Vic- tor Sidel, chief of the depart- ment of social medicine at Al- bert Einstein College of Medi- cine in New York, and his wife, Ruth, a social work supervisor with the comprehensive child care project at Albert Einstein. The Sidels said patients are organized into divisions and are urged to take care of one an- other, with patients longest there helping the newcomers, and with emphasis placed on self-reliance "to struggle against their disease." and to try to understand themselves. Drugs such as chlorproma- zine. a calming agent, are used for the more severely ill, and a psychiatrist meets regularly with patients individually or in groups to discuss problems. At the Shanghai mental hospi- tal, the Sidels were told that more than half the patients were schizophrenks, which is the leading cause of mental ill- ness in the United States also. The Sidels were told that the "Socialist system is extremely beneficial to mental health, be- cause in general it eliminates objective contradictions be- tween the individual and so- ciety." I ivinct DRESS fi DRESSES THIS WEEK AT THE BETTY SHOP HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS OF LIGHT BRIGHT SPRING DRESSES (SHORT DRESSES, LONG DRESSES, DRESSES OF COTTON AND DRESSES WITH STRIPES) WE'VE BOUGHT VOLUMES OF BARGAINS... REAL VALUES SHOP NOW WHILE THE SELECTION IS HUGE YOU'RE BOUND TO FIND A COUPLE OF PLEASANT SPRING SURPRISES! OPEN THURSDAY AND FRIDAY UNTIL 9 P.M. betty shop CENTRE VILLAGE MAIL Phone 328-5025 AT COLLEGE MALL Phone 328-2809 Two from Paris These creations were presented by Pierre Cardin this week in Paris, ot a French showing of fall and winter ready-to-wear clothing. Left is an outfit of evening pants and tunic in black and white plaid lurex. At right is a body stocking covered by a full mini coat in striped purple and camel with frog closings. Canadian nurses overseas dedicated to helping needy TORONTO (CP) When Marie Germin took off for Kabul, Afghanistan, Joan Baetz was at Toronto International Airport to see her off. Miss Germin, 30, of Chauvin. Alta., was returning to complete the second half of net- two-year nursing contract in Kabul. Miss Baetz, 28, of Hanover, Ont., was leaving for Baltimore to study at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. The two had become friends in Kabul where they were work- ing for the MEDICO program organized by the international CARE agency. They were among 50 Cana- dian doctors, nurses and techni- dans in the program, which has teaching and training teams in i seven developing countries. The two women share basic i human need I is the supreme consideration. "Today you find an ever-in- CGIT to hold creasing gap between the haves and the Miss Baetz said. "It has to be bridged somehow it there is to be world peace. "Afghanistan is just one of the countries sorely in need of help. I was in a position to go. Many who would have liked to have gone were not." Moss Germin discards the ar- gument that charity should begin at home. "I don't think we are neglect- ing our own country by nursing she said. "Suffering should not be categorized by na- tionality." The women became close friends during the year they worked together in a country where medicine has problems unknown in the West. The majority of Afghan women still wear veils and are reluctant to be examined by a male doctor, said Miss Baetz. "As we had only woman doctor at the hospital in Kabul, this caused considerable difficulty. In a real emergency, of course, such considerations were ignored, but you would be amazed bow many husbands in- sisted on being present every time their wife was being exam- ined." Miss Germin said Afghans "are essentially a proud people, used to hardships in a tougher life that would be unreal to us. Alter surgery, they would just lie there in silence with nothing more than an aspirin as a pain killer." "Although tuberculosis re- mains theur greatest probleni and malnutrition is widespread, the stamina of most of our pa- tients was remarkable. Perhaps it is survival of the fittest." For the most part, the two women were engaged in MEDI- CO'S policy of teaching and training Afghan personnel who will eventually carry on them- selves and train others. rally Over 200 girls and leaders from Canadian Girls in Train- ing groups in southern Alberta, are expected to be in Leth- bridge this weekend to atiend i a rally at McKJHop United j Church. I The one-day program wiJl I commence at a-m. and J will ran Uirougli to 4 p.m.. with singing, discussions, and a 1 theme Jalk to be given by Miss iPati Wiglesworih. Judy Blakctey and Kini Gray i of the city wiii co-convene the ratty with Debbie Bellamy of! j Medicine Hat and a comnaUcc j i of girls and leaders from Mc- KHJop church. Delegates are expected from I Medicine Hat Empress, dares- holm, SLavely, Graram, Fort Macteod: Nanlon. Mi Jo, Iron Springs, Taber. Vulcan, Pincbcr Creek, j Rolling Hi33s. Bassano. Brooks and other points in the south. Special guest will he Mrs. Doris WasyJyk of Edmonton, i newly-appoirtted resource coun- seller for CGIT in the province, i 1 The theme song for the was composed by Beth Cai- i forth. CGIT Refreshments and lunch j be served by the mothers of i 1 McKfflop members. i Witchcraft is my religion Witch Jeon Kozocori caresses her cot Asmodeus oirt- iide her Victoria home. "Witchcraft is my religion !hs overwhelming force in my says ihe worm, motherly- looking woman. Her Siamese cat is named after the de- mon of lust and sexuality.