Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 30, 1919, Lethbridge, Alberta
TONQUE PALATE ,Showing (he Various Kunclional Brain and Making Plain Wounds so GiKilly Vary' in Their Reatlidns on Ihe IJodv. he found himself so far from'home and family interest and destined to pass several weuks or "months in a military well surgeon in charge of hos- pital confided to nie just before, 1 Even Brain Wounds That Would'Once Have Resulted Fatally Have Yielded to the Daring and Marvellous Patience of Modern Science. I'ByUive: Marshall TI1K most extraordinary thins shout the whole war was the number, of places n man ;could be hit and manage to So- remarked an army surgeon to me on his return from France, where lie had seen two years of field service. I agreed with the young officer in this, for 1 liarl seen'in the bijf American military'hospitals fin Franco last year, marvels of human recovery, where Death had missed out very often by n chance almost invisible. In happy-go-lucky times of peace the aver- 'yt age person runs through life with little or no thought taken of the human body and it is only when the motor power of this machine threatens (o rjuit that one. begins to ask questions. iVur iins developed a great r.cw respect for ;this most wonderful.of nil forms of machines. Incidentally, the work of human salvage o'n .the battlefield pf France, done under pressure of. moment anil under highly abnormal condi- jMions has furnished gre.it results of progress in Iht science of human repair and patchwork of JL-lhc anatomy of wan. Defeating Death In the viurt variety oreascs with which they had (o deal and WCTC compelled nlwaya to deal quickly in order to rfcfeat the hand of death, surgeons 'rcturnintr to this country arc quick to credit the American doughboy with n superb courage, a marvellous vitality and a wonderful spirit of good natnre that, they declare, revealed in him quali- fies little short of the supermen. "1 feared wo would have trouble with the American soldier; I feared as a patient he would perhaps be Teatltss, impatient and worst of Buffer a broken spirit, well as broken bones, "Cut the Aniericari boy has astonished us aIIT" :said-this officer, fillctJ with admiration' for 'the grit exhibited, by his young patients. SiirpeoriEi of long-'professional experience in this, cni.intrv daily face _ to face with e.x- conditions their ex- pert Enk-nt in treating the wounded. And.this is the admiration for. .thc'.sbldier came in. 'His very tenacity to hang bji jio-lil'ej no doubt aided greatly in pulling him him. as from the very llr I in( Menard. of Paris, Who Has Been an Active ui> coniiitiod, many cases today aimbst as'OToS PV_ jrcuinsiaqces, continued to serve .theqv. through tc ultimate. -recovery, 'nhd shrapnel snd how many' bullets can thft'lmninn bvay' I'esieL? is but a natural ijuystion theae-'daya. Smiling with sweet unconcern, soldiers are constantly coming back home, still carrying bul- lets in their bodies. Returning surgeons tell of eases where bul- lets penetrating the head, from side to side, did so without fatal effect. In fact, al one of the big New York hospitals a youny soldier had a bullet extracted from the back of his bead be- neath the tar. The bullet had entered his head just below the right cyo a (ew (lays before the armistice was signed. A Miraculous Escape "the patient is weil today and seems (o show no sign of evil cffctl from tlcc the sur- KWMI related me. "But that was a case of good luck. Such cases are rnrc, perhaps one in ten thousand." A miraculous escape Is recorded also in the injury received by Meyer Kaplin, a platoon run- ner of Ihe. 77th New York Division. After war was declared young Kaplin and his brother, who live at G12 Sc-cond avenue, New York City, vol- unteered for service. Meyer Kajilin had" been 'lodging German shells wiih success, up to last September. On the fourth day of the big drive in the as the men were about ready to advance' on the heel of the barrage, a, shell ex-. plodcd a few feet from young Kaplin, Shrapnel rained on his tin hat, while particles of this steel shower struck his face, several tmall bits" Dik- ing him just above the eye, making. n deep gash above the eyebrow and penetrating the- flesh. cracked his skull. A jXgfred. splinter -struck th'c in Blood Transfusion, SavingiMany Soldiers' Lives. XM" f K >fe -J InfillntHon of the Stalp with Local Prelirninarj to an Operation. From an X-Kay Photograph Showing a Large fragment of Shell in the Brain Soldier al a.Depth Eight. CehUmelrea, right eye .at the time nml rendered him totally bliiul. same shower of sted wliicli enveloped him, took off the.little fineer of his left hflnj, j prompt, ?aid young Kaplin, fn spCikinjr of his us lie cnlla per- I iiis T wouldn't be so off now. iVas cnr- iied off Ihe field nt onco and given first nM treat- ment, Ihch sfrht to fl hasc hospital. 1 ivfla oper- ated on.-the second day, n deep incision made and the sVapnel picked out. I wear n glass cyr nnd cijjht dnys nftcr the operation I began (o with my left oye, "The doctor shook me by llio hand. lie said 'Cheer up, boy, you've had a mighty narrow es- cape, but you'll be nil right I was in the hospital for nearly throe and a half Young Kaplin exhibit? i.hs cheerful courajrp clmractcnslic of his wounded .companions tias taken up illustrating as n profession nt n iscw sellout, and hopes, he says, with lb> optimism of his kind, to make a great suites of Ihio work with his one good eye. FMRK Injuries There are a few other casus sudi AS thrl of young Ktiplm, where bullets and pieces "of shmp- ncl have, luckily lo the younfir Iwc-n tlrivcn in far enough to fatal vt-iullj, or have, fortunately, not penelrnlod that delicDlw litnl ijilfjctvtc part of (he whlih the functionally viral spots, IncU'dinff the im- portant arU'Hcs nnd nerve As n Kiu-geon pointed out in the cuse Df voiiinr- Kaplin, if the phrapnel had irenctrattd th1' tn.i- plc, it might have afTcctcd a mom Important of the causitig'dbittplrlc ami tvm death. If it had entered above the car and pene- trated tlie brain, it would doubtless havy tercd the larger and more important arteries ar.d caused instant death, War experience lias taught il'.iiL the futility with which we were to look upon in- rlts lo I he h ead is soni ewli at n, as of woumied boys who have recovered arc recovering from thvir wounJ'i have "War liya produced thousanils of ss-cailcil frejik injuries, where dentil simply syrazed the soldier, as it said an ofTkcr lo me. "Such n arvcllotif psccpe from death was often measured b a slight fraction of an inch. For instance, if a bullet had deviated ever i-o slfght'y tin- 1l took in penetrating the hcud it have killed outright" The case of. Scrgt. Carr is notable. Suppose you were suffering from seventeen wounds? Wouldn't it seem as though this wns burden sufficient for your strength? Puppo.-i1. in addition, you had to bear the inconvenicnei- of shell shock and having been gassed? Surely ,lob 'at )iis worst couldn't have bad more to contend wiliiJ Still; T met all evils of war suffered by in tlic person of Sergt.-' Cavr, of tin1 British vpluntecr army. .manager of a big iwirli in Brazil when declared young Carr, who was born in. Dubjjn, left his lucrative poaitfon and went to and enlisted. Kov-Uvo ycar.s he aaw hot fight Inc. without more serious injury than a few'scrntches nnd many narrow escapes. What One Did One those w.n? vrticn he was attnchod to tlin department- A .shell burst on thy low roofed wooden building1, smashing thinKK up fiontvally. Scrfrt. Cnrr ivaa btown by Mi? force of the explosion through the open door- and scvcrnl beyond to the ground. Ifc lay there for about h.ilf an hour till picked up by an inwstigating, officer. Then came n when the enemy tested the strength and .heroism ot the British forces rit a contcslablc point in Flanders Men fell like hail- Volunteers wore asked to hold n covtain portion until reserves couKI be brought up. Scrgt. Carr was one of four men to volunteer. This .quartet worked tht1. trench inflict- ing hcftvy on the enemy and teeping them at bav till the came up. won llift said Sergt. Carr, "hut'we paid prfce. Two of: my comradcw wfre outright, while the third and myself' 'rcccivetl wounds, which will romnin with ua through lifi, hownver long thai may be. "As the reserves came up, the I were put ovpr ;i gns offensive and unfortunately 1 wasn't fjnii-k Showing How a Successful Operation Was Performed in. the Kemoval, from the BraiA of a Soldier, of a Fragment of Deeply Embedded- i enough to save myself. I got n dose that laid me out for a time, nnr] evt-n now. a' year latet, :L is difficult for me 'to breath at times when t.ie air is said the young soWier. "I suffered from shell shock as well and dur- ing the air raids last year, while I was in n Lon- don hospital. 1 nearly went to pieces mentally. 1 couldn't stand the noise thnl reminded me so forcibly of that' critical day in the trenches. I pulled the, pillows over my head to shut out the none and lor several days after my nerves fae in pretty shaky condition." Scvjrt. Carr, in addition, was fairly pcpnereJ with pieces of shrapnel, receiving wounds- in his shouJiIcr, back, arms and legs. In his right anUlc he wears today a' little silver plate about an inch wide and abaul three inches long. In etch end of the" plate is n screw and these ore fastened into (ho'bonc. plate -holds the broken bone in "such time' as' it !a firiuiy knitted to- get her. Extracting Bullet from Heart as Sergt. Carr remarked, "it reams to take n deal to rob a man of his life." Modical science Imp, without doubt, n great new reputation for itself in thh jjhaiitly business of warfare. An operation performed on an American sul- dicr in a military hospital in Paris last year. caused a sensation in the medical world In thi-5 rasu the boy's youth was extremely in hi: He was only twenty-two. A bullet had his side arid lo.bt- ment in the heart. X-ray located thu- for- eign body and cf hi? youth uthrr- wisc healthy condition, it was decided tu This, perliaps. was one of the most operations ever undertaken, In order to reach the it to remove a couple of ribs. Tlitt JJIOVIN! a great snccesr, ntid today the soiriicr s-e suiter no invonvcniencc from it. "War has advanced mcdicai iri'-TiUy.1' said a returning surgfon. ''hi bonc-trrafi'i'p. in the marvulluus repair done by purgcuns in mending shattered faces, in pcrforr.-tinfr ful operations on the hea'd. rij Iv.'.irt. I .should say that the surgical work (font- in Ihi? war is a distinct credit lo til? lo An Enchanted Plain AS isolated butte rising out of a vast plain .the vast a fiat-toppeil hill feet high and with aides so neavly'vei'- many centuries it was supposed to 'be one of the most in- the natural vonders of this part of the Many'. Qttempla to climb the "Enchanted TaWi'V as the first Span- ish called it, have been but Indian supcrstflron hns attributed their failure largely 10 a' influence thjjt halkod tho usccrtt. 'Hence tht name "Enchanted." According (o the Indian legend, tho which is three miles northeast of the well-known Acoina putblo, in New Mexico, was very Ancient- ly'thd site of a prehistoric village. A frightful storin'fsrriefi way.part of the rock and with H the rrfck-y staircase which offered the only path of access to the summit, As a result the people in 111? village, were cut oft from the plain below. They could not climb down; no' help could reach them and they starved to death. The only survivors were a few who by ciiance wcrs absent from the mesa top at the time q rib ft disaster. From tlicni, it is explained, are ,the present-day foV.abitnnls of the puebld Acomn. but sconce, white disposed to be incredulous ,of thirds unproved, is nl the same time inclined to Hence an cxpoflitlon which the government' bureau of ethnology sent out- to climb ihc Mesa Encttnlada. The party, after al> most uicrcdiblc arrived upon the top. Whnt'thcy expected to find -But, to their surprise, they discoverrd, the plain aild cvi- donccs of ancient occupnney, anch as ruined wftlln, there aiTorded EI messaraWe tionlhmation 'of 'the Indian legend.