Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 17, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
THE LETHIRIDOE HERALD Wednesday. AprH 17, 51 Acupuncture in or no? PEKING If acupuncture is ever to be more than a mar- ginal phenomenon in Canadian medicine, it will have some- thing to do with the crash course now being taken inside China by 10 Canadian one of the first Western medical groups that has been admitted specifically to study the ancient needling technique. The anaes- thetists and a in the second week of their six- week course and are already practicing on each other. By the time they get home they hope to have learned enough to pass the technique on to others in the profession and to initiate university research programs that will have a determining influence on the acceptance of acupuncture by governments and the medical profession. Although most provinces have moved to control and limit the practice until its value is proved, the presence of the doctors in Peking is a token of the seriousness with which regarded until only recently as a form of oriental now being ap- proached in Canada. The Canadians' visit had its genesis in the journey to China a year ago of a group of doctors representing the Canadian Medical Association They had a two-week tour of Chinese medicine and saw enough to convince them that acupuncture was potentially too important to be left to unlicensed prac- titioners functioning as a sort of last resort for people whose ailments have failed to yield to conventional Western medicine. The CMA report was followed by the return to China last fall of Dr. Maurice Leclair, the deputy minister of health and welfare, who was one of the principals on the CMA tour. Negotiating under the aegis of Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, then on his official visit to Peking. Dr. Leclair won the agreement of the Chinese for an acupuncture exchange program that would bring Canadian doctors to China and, in the second phase, Chinese specialists to Canada. Arrangements for the tour of Canada by the Chinese acu- puncturists remain to be worked out, but it will probably be in the first half of next year. In the meantime the Canadians selected by the government for the China phase of the of 360 are already. installed in the Peking Hotel, learning everything they can. The group is headed by Dr. Andre Jacques of Laval University, Quebec City, but it includes representatives of every region of the country. From the Maritimes there is Dr. Ian Purkis of Dalhousie University, also from Quebec, Dr. G. F. Brindle of the University of Sherbrooke and Dr. Andre Sindon of the University of Montreal, from Ontario Dr. Gerald Edelist of Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Dr. R. S. Locke of the faculty of dentistry at the University of Toronto, Dr. W. E. Sporel of the University of Western Ontario, from the Prairies Dr. Y. K. Poon of the University of Manitoba and Dr. John Mclntyre from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, and from the west coast Dr. L. C. Jenkins of the University of British Columbia. Before the doctors came they knew that six weeks would hardly be enough to master an art that is thousands of years old, and additional difficulties have become apparent since ar- riving in Peking. Language is the last of these, since first- class interpreters are always on hand, but different scientific approaches are proving something more of a handicap. One aspect of the problem is that there are no authoritative, codified and up- to-date manuals available. Additionally, Chinese medicine has so far made little use of the measuring techniques principally control Western medicine uses to assess the effectiveness of one procedure relative to another. Accordingly the Canadians are finding it difficult to gauge the success the Chinese have had with particular uses of the technique. Another problem is the iti- nerary. The Chinese have pre- pared a schedule that provides for the group to leave Peking this week and spend their last four weeks in five other Chinese cities. The Canadians feel they would learn more by staying in the capital longer, doing less sightseeing, visiting fewer hospitals and having longer and more intensive sessions with individual Chinese experts. The Chinese are considering changes, in the schedule and have ironed out another worry by reversing an original refusal to allow the Canadians to record procedures on film. Sears Save 6" Any other day you'd pay 2298 for these fashionable double knit dress slacks. Today thru Saturdayyou can buy them for only Act fast 3 days only! 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Argentine is very comfortable It's only shortages of things like cooking oil and sugar that bother us." Argentina is a squiggly-edged wedge of plains, mountains and deserts totalling one million square miles, one-third the size of the United States and five times larger than France. Argentines are mainly the children and grandchildren of Italians, Spaniards, Poles, Germans, Englishmen and others who migrated after military campaigns in the late 1800s re- duced the Indians to scattered settlements. Nearly nine million live in Buenos Aires, and they set themselves apart with the name "porteno." The industrial centres of Cordoba and Rosario have a million people each. Elegant ladies and manicured men go from tea shop to opera to the races as in most sophisticated of the world's societies But 12 million people live in 250 rural cities and towns, or scattered in ones and twos from icy Tierra del Fuego to tropical Iguazu Falls. For the Argentines, that is all "the interior." Gauchos irfljaggy pants on sheepskin saddles still herd cows Businessmen start work early and then sleep for two hours after lunch Friends sit around fireplaces and fires playing the guitar and sipping a strong tea. The interior is highly political, but it differs clearly from the three big cities. Peronist youth parading in the northern town of Salta giggle and pose for a foreign photographer. In Buenos Aires, a cameraman was carried along in a parade at gunpoint. In Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, Peronists are organized but orderly. In Posadas, high in the north, wall slogans speak more of President Alfredo Stroessner of neighboring Paraguay than of any Argentine. Much of the interior was pioneered by people who had noth- ing to do with Buenos Aires. Spaniards colonizers came from the north and west as well as from the coast. Later, Eu- ropeans rode over the Andes from Chile to Patagonia. Italians, Spaniards and Frenchmen brought grape vines directly to Mendoza and San Juan in the foothills of the Andes. Germans, Danes and others settled the region north of Buenos Aires, between the Parana and Uruguay rivers. CONDUCTED TOURS For The GENERAL PUBLIC Will Be Held Thurs.. April 18th. p.m., p.m., p.m. Friday, April 19th. p.m.. p.m., p.m Tours For School Groups, Clubs, Associations, Etc. also be arranged by Appointment for future The Lethbridge Harald it pleased to conduct tours, on request, through its ultra-modern plant but requests a minimum of 7 days notice. Call Qwen Weetcott at 328-4411 Local 21 for all tour appointments! The Lethbridge Herald "Serves the South"