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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 23, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 22 LETHBRIOQE HERALD Friday, August 23, 1974 Lawrence Lamb M.D. By Lawrence E. Lamb, M.D. Dear Dr. Lamb I would like you to explain about an aneurysm. I have one in my stomach. The doctor said it could rupture any time or maybe never. When it does rupture, will one have time to see the doc- tor before it floods the stomach? What are the signs of it bursting? If and when they operate, do they use a piece of artery from the leg or plastic? Dear Reader Our arteries are thick-walled elastic tubes, much like an innertube for a tire. And. they are made up of layers. When a segment is dis- eased, usually from fatty- cholesterol deposits, it may balloon out like a weak spot on an inner tube. This area is weakened and overstretched. It is literally ready for a blowout. The artery most commonly involved is the aorta. It is the biggest artery we have. It begins at the top of the heart, arches up in the chest and makes a U-turn. Then it passes down next to the spine, through the diaphragm and on down to the lower spine. Here it branches into two main forks to supply blood to the legs. Along the way this great artery provides branches to carry blood to almost the entire body, including the brain. I would think from your letter that the weak spot in your aorta is below the diaphragm and has resulted in the ballooned out aneurysm. In view of your doctor's remarks, it must be small. The problem is that even a small weak spot can result in a blowout, or a rupture. One never knows when it will happen. It may not cause any pain in this location. Rather the loss of blood may cause shock, just as hemorrhage from any other cause may cause shock. Sometimes there is pain if the layers of the artery start splitting apart. One never knows whether an aneurysm will cause a slow leak at first or whether it will be a real blow out with a sudden loss of life. It is the un- predictable nature of the aneurysm that causes most doctors to recommend sur- gery for Such pi oblerns today. The surgery is a lot easier now than it was a few years ago. They use a synthetic graft, literally a plastic tube. The surgeon can cut it to the size he needs. The graft is actually tailor-made. In view of the serious nature of such a problem, I think you should ask your doctor to refer you to a large medical center for an examination and possible treatment. The large centers have much more ex- perience in this type of sur- gery, since it usually takes a fairly large team of trained people who do these types of operations all the time. After successful surgery the outlook is usually quite good. One of my favorite patients had this operation more than 10 years ago and even though he is in his 70s he is more ac- tive than most men in their 50s. Send your questions to Dr. Lamb, in care of this new- spaper, P.O. Box 1551, Radio City Station, New York, N.Y. 10019. For a copy of Dr. Lamb's booklet on cholesterol, send 50 cents to the same address and ask for "Cholesterol" booklet. Fun with figures By J.A.H. Hunter asked Charlie. "Is that all you've got "Come on, Dad. I bought a lot in those three replied Joe. "But it's funny. In each of them I spent exactly one nickel more than half what I had when we went in." How much did he spend in all? (Answer Monday Yesterday's answer: PEPPER was 121128. Flashback 1775 King George III declared the American colonies to be in a state of open rebellion. 1793 The French revolutionary government, conscripted the entire male population. 1920 The Grand Trunk Railway merged with Canadian National Railways. 1927 Anarchists Sacco and Vanzetti were executed in the United States. Goren on Bridge BY CHARLES H. GOREN ic, 1T74, Tlw Chicago Tribune Both vulnerable. South deals. NORTH AQ 10 8 VJ 7 6 2 8 5 9 7 WEST EAST A K 5 7 2 VQ 10 9 5 SOUTH A J 9 6 4 3 VA A 10 9 A 4 The bidding. South West North East 1 Pass 1 NT Pass Pass 3 A Pass Pass Pass Pass Pass Opening lead: Ten ot V The second annual Monte Carlo International Bridge Festival attracted a group of 150 Americans who competed with Europe's finest players for more than S60.000 in prizes. Note the technique of American internationalist, William Grieve of New York, in 'has difficult four spade contract North might have been wiser to pass South's opening bid of one spade. Though he had 6 points, they were all name in the trade for queens and jacks, which are slightly overvalued in the point count. One sign of lih' was all Grieve needed to drive tht- hand to game, making a slam try enroute via ii cue-bid of four clubs. West led the ten of hearts, won by Grieve's ace. His immediate problem was that dummy has no entry, so there was a danger that he would have to lose a trump, two diamonds and a club. How- ever. Grieve found a neat way u> create two entries to dummy! Instead ot hoping that one (it the defenders held a singleton king of trumps. Grieve led a low spade at trick two. West took his king and returned a low heart, ruffed by declarer. Now dummy's trumps were put to good use. A low spade to the ten provided an entry to run the eight of diamonds to West's king. After ruffing the heart return. declarer reentered dummy by overtaking the jack of spades with the queen led the jack of diamonds for second finesse. When East turned up with the queen, the contract was home. By sacrificing a possible trump trick to force two entries to dummy, Grieve made himself a better than favorite to make his game. The chances of East holding one of the two missing diamonds honors is slightly better than Your horoscope By Jeane Dixon SATURDAY, AUGUST 24 Your birthday today: Finds you in the process of converting latent talent into learning power, assembling a stronger base for vocational progress. Intuition heightens where you require special guidance. Resolve early to balance daily living, gather essentials. Today's natives are staunch in their convictions, emphasize fine details in plans. ARIES (March 21-April The more help you accept, the greater the risk of misunderstanding and confusion. Extra responsibility is natural today. Get on with whatever you must do. TAURUS (April 20-May Stick with what you know how to do. Correction of long- neglected conditions becomes urgent, deserves priority. GEMINI (May 21-June You have more to study than you think and little time in which to make judgments. Don't really rely on anybody but yourself, unless someone important keeps a promise to help. CANCER (June 21-July You find somebody ready to complicate matters if there's a way to do so. Keep your part simple and separate. Home life is better late tonight. LEO (July 23-Aug. Accept advice, particularly from famous people, with reservation. Declare yourself out of current games and mass entertainment. Stay with quiet routine. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. Your intense concern causes you to push harder and faster than existing teamwork permits. Ask for what you want in smaller doses and one at a time. Patience! LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. This weekend is favorable for improving things you have secured. Study your immediate environment to see what can be changed. Time analyzing the situation is well spent. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. You're apt to make deals intuitively. Be sure it's strictly your own, and stay within practical bounds. There's much to do and think about without creating difficulties. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22- Dec. The moderate course is preferable. You tend to plunge into commitments with little thought of depth or duration. Attention to health is indicated. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. Observation allows you to see current circumstances somewhat differently. Others conflict and differ on already established facts. Tact! AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. Distant friends, people with highly technical skills are more helpful than casual acquaintances nearby. Take a rest from sentimental and romantic ventures. PISCES (Feb. 19-March Strong family ties tip the balance in today's enterprises. Keeping your affairs in order means knowing the outlay of actual cash and hidden expenses. Ask Andy SCHOOLS Andy sends a complete 20- volume set of the Merit Students Encyclopedia to David Moon, age 11, of Meridianville, Alabama for his question: Where did schools originate? Several early civilizations had schools of various kinds. More than years ago, boys of ancient Babylon went to school to learn reading, writing and arithmetic. At about the same time, there were similar schools in ancient Egypt. Much later, the most renowned scholars of ancient Greece taught school. However, the classes were limited to only a few highly privileged boys. The word education is coined from Latin words meaning to draw forth. No doubt it is meant to convey the idea of a two-way operation in which teacher and pupil strive to bring forth skills and knowledge. However, human societies realized this excellent idea long before the Latin language was invented. We do not know who started the first school. But we do know that certain boys of ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt and perhaps other early societies had a chance to attend classes. The early civilizations of human history were ruled by kings and priests. The priestly class had time to study and hand on their accumulated knowledge from generation to generation. The king needed to know all that went on in order to rule his realm. Naturally, a wise king looked ahead to when his son would take over the throne. We cannot be certain of when or where this started. But no doubt several wise kings had the idea of schooling their princes. Naturally, the logical teachers were scholarly priests. We know that the boys of ancient Babylon attended a very strict school some years ago. It so happens that modern archaeologists found a detailed diary written by one of the pupils. This school in the lovely old city by the lazy river Euphrates may have been the first in human history. But this is not likely. The young student conveys the idea that going to school was nothing new. And when we think about it, we realize that schools of some sort were necessary from the beginning of all civilizations. Even in those days, the children were not born knowing everything they needed to know to carry on through the next generation. It was necessary to teach them. The first schools were for princes and the sons of certain rich noblemen. They were taught basic reading, writing and arithmetic, history and geography. Discipline was very strict. That boy of ancient Babylon often was whacked with a stick. Girls were not educated in these early schools, neither was the majority of children. In those days, only a few very highly privileged boys had a chance to go to school. However, the education of the rest of the children was not altogether neglected. Mothers were expected to teach the girls their household skills, fathers were expected to teach their boys all they knew. Advanced builders, weavers and other skilled workers also taught and trained boys in various trades. Nowadays, every young person is required to attend school. Sensible students learn all they can and dedicated teachers strive to bring forth the best. But this idea is fairly modern. Some of your great-grandparents learned only what their parents could teach them. asked by chil- dren of Herald readers should be mailed to Ask Andy, P.O. Box. 765, Huntington Beach, California 92648. (Copyright Chronicle Puhiiahinp Co. 1973) HEAVY PRODUCTION The Shotton steelworks in northern Wales produces about 1.5 million tons of steel a year. THERE IS NOTHING MOKE A WLME IN WAITING FOR A VlCTl.M... SHORT MBS I JUST HAD LUNCH AT ROSA'S.TME CHILI HI AND LOIS I THOUGHT YOU KNEvV HOW TO PLAY PAP, WILL YOU HELP US PLAY PINS-PONG? BMNY WHAT'S YER. DISPLEASURE, FUDDSY? IT'S AEour THIS IT SHWUNK UP LIKE THIS WHEN I GOT CAUGHT WEARING IT OUT IN THE WAIN GET YER. REFUND AT WINDOW FIVE... HAW- HAW... STOP THAT YOU WACKY NOT SORRY, ELMER, BUT I DON'T GET MANY UAUGMS ON THIS TOB BLONDIE SHE WAS SUPPOSED TO CALL ME TODAY AND SUE DIDN'T.' I'M REAL.LY MAD AT T MAVIS HOPSOOD WELL, THEN WJJ' WHY DIDN'T YOU A WHY SMOUl-D I CALL SOMEBODY I'M MAD AT ARCHIE YOU'VE ALREADY DONE A PRETTY GOOD SOMEDAY THEY' LL MAKE A BUST OF DO YOU KNOW WHAT THIS IS IT'S REMBPANDT'S ft ARISTOTLE CONTEMPLATING A BUST OF OH... r THOUGHT HE WAS CRACKING WALNUTS HAGAR THE HORRIBLE A MORSE- TRE LATEST FAD, I I COULD AFFORD A MORSE -BUT MYSELF TMIS QUESTION WOUUD A MORSE E AMY HAPPIER JEETLE BAILEY PAY, PAY... AME4P, MIT ME.' I PONT you REALLY KNOW HOW TO HURT A