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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 22, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta tunduy, Docombcr 22, 1970 THE LETHORIBGE HEHAtB Doctors'' aides trained to ease U..S. shortage WASHINGTON (AP) One recent day in North Carolina's corn-and-lobacco belt, a young man, even though he was not a licensed physician, sutured the badly-cut hand of "a woman from the pickle factory who cut herself with a broken jar." He applied a cast to the bro- ken hand of another woman; he dressed the wound of a man who punctured his foot by step- ping on a rusty nail and gave him a tetanus shot. He did preliminary examina- tions on about 150 persons with ailments ranging from diabetes to the common cold; and he Flying doctor has a problem LAC LA B1CHE, Alia. (CP) Northern Alberta's flying doctor has a can't fly a plane. So until Dr. Desmond Dwyer gets his licence, commercial pi- lots will be at the controls of the charier planes the doctor has to use to get around his territory. Dr. Dwyer, whose practice is centred in this town 105 miles northeast of Edmonton, initially will service Janvier and Kikino both within 65 miles of Lao La Biehe. On his first trip in December, Dr. Dwyer faced blowing snow and 14-below-zero temperatures. The doctor and his associate. Dr. George Morrisson, operate Independently of any govern- ment service, except that the provincial and federal govern- ments are sharing the costs of charters. CAME FROM 1KELAND Both doctors are 26 years old and both emigrated from County Cork in Ireland, where they were childhood friends. They arrived at Lac La Biche last spring after Dr. Dwyer had worked for a year in Edmonton. The young genera] practition- ers moved to Lac La Biche spe- The flights will be made to small landing strips constructed by forestry officials and the fed- eral Indian affairs department. The planes are equipped with floats and wheels for summer use and with skis for winter flights. Janvier and Kikino are about the same residents- completed lengthy medical sum- maries that led to the discharge of two patients from hospital. And Stephen L. Joyner, 27, of Ayden, N.C., did all this with the full knowledge and approval of North Carolina legal authori- ties. Moreover, he had the blessing of the American Medi- cal Association. j Joyner, a former United I States Ail1 Force medic, is one i of about 400 young American j men and women who are pi- oneers in something new and still controversial, on the U.S. medical effort to de- velop possibly thousands of rela- lively highly-trained "physi- cians' assistants" to help ease the national shortage of 50.000 doctors. Officials lorcasl a need for of the physicians' assist- "P .A .s h o would function at patient-care levels higher than those of a nurse but lower than a regular doctor, and who would act only under direction and supervision j nn UllUd OJ1U I.3VWI, compared with about l.iOO at j M a ,icensed ohysician although Lac La Biche. By December Dr. Dwyer was well on liis way toward obtain- ing his licence and Dr. Morris- son was contemplating taking flying lessons. Controversy breaks out over play cifically to introduce the flying behind the FLQ crisis VANCOUVER (CP) A con- troversy has broken out in the Playhouse Theatre company over a play described as an 'abstract look" at the forces m doctor program. Costs to citi- zens served will be handled through existing medical-care insurance. The only subsidy in- volves the cost of operating air- craft. Three military officers given new positions OTTAWA (CP) The de- lenco department today an- nounced the appointment of three commanding officers to fill recently-formed Canadian Forces tactical helicopter squadrons. Lt.-Col. P. E. Argue, 36, of Simcoe, Ont.s will command 444 Squadron in Edmonton, Cmdr. J. J. Veronneau, 34, Montreal, 430 Squadron in Valcartier, Que. and Maj. J. P. Harrison, 45, Ke- lowna, B.C., promoted to Lt.- Col. and command of 427 Squad- TOO la Petawawa, Ont. Quebec. The Playhouse board of direc- tors has deferred indefinitely a scheduled February production of the play, Captives of the Faceless Drummer, written by George Ryga. Mr. Byga greeted the deferral with charges that the board is exercising censorship and intim- idation. Playhouse artistic director David" Gardner said in an inter- view that the deferral decision was unanimous. "The subject matter is ob- viously controversial and there is a difference of opinion over the artistic merit of the he said. "The board is worried about the play's effect at this particu- lar time." Mr. ftyga, who was commis- sioned by the Playhouse to write the play, said his main complaint is that the board of directors, with not one profes- siona] artist on it, has the power to schedule plays. "Pov.'er that should reside with the artistic director has come into the hands of the board of he said. not necessarily always in his presence. Dr. Walter C. Bomemeier, AMA president, said such physi- cians' assistants can create "four-handed, six-handed and even eight-handed doctors" by freeing full-fledged physicians from routine chores and allow- ing them to see more patients and concern themselves with the more sophisticated aspects of diagnosis. "The American said i Bomemeier. "is almost -flat on j his back, staggering under an I unorecedented patient ioad. j "The only quick way to get him back on his feet is to give him some extra hands." While the P.A.s are not per- mitted to make final diagnoses, nor prescribe drugs or injec- tions on their own. they 3re trained to take medical hislo-1 ries, do physical examinations, j take electrocardiograms for the i doctor's later evaluation, per- j form certain tests such as urin- alysis and white blood cell counts, apply casts and perform minor surgery such as cleansing and suturing wounds and re- moving "fatty tumors" and other benign growths. Military medical 30.000 of whom are discharged a n estimated inactive registered nurses are rated as duet' poten- tial sources of trainees for phy- sicians' assistant jobs, which pay between S10.000 and a year. Up to now, ex-corpsmen, If they wanted to stay in the medi- cal field, could rarely get jobs much higher than hospital or- derlies. And registered staff nurses average less than a year. Conservative leader Itoberl Slaufield said in Ottawa the Trudeau government would be in "serious difficulty" with pub- lie opinion if it hadn't been for the recent Quebec crisis. "1 don't think there is any way we could have hoped to come out of that situation with- out losing a good deal of sup- port temporarily." he said, dis- cussing polls which show an in- crease in government popular- ity. "The public did welcome the action the Trudeau government took in he said. "This is clear. It was clear at. tin- tune. It's very clear now." Barbara L, Andrews was or- dained tile first woman minis- ter of the 2.5 million member American Lutheran Church in the Minneapolis suburb of Edi- na. The service at E d i n a Com- munity Lutheran Church mark-id the first lime any American Lutheran denomin- ation has called a woman to the parish ministry. The Lutheran Church of America, largest Lutheran body with 3.2 million members, or- dained its first woman pastor in November. Elizabeth A. P i a t z, 30, was ordained to a j campus ministry in College I Park, Md. Both groups approved tile or-1 dination of women at conveu- j lions tliis year. I Vice President Spiro Ag- new says he is willing lo step down in 1972 if a vice presi- dential candidate comes along with more political appeal, but that President Nixon "gives me every indication that he ap- proves of the courses of action that I have taken." Agnew made the statement in a copyrighted story by Ak- ron, Ohio, Beacon Journal writers. "I'm not an insecure man. I don't worry from day to day whether the president is looking at me with a fishy eye Book settles arguments N----- LONDON (AP) A book tliat seeks to .settle arguments lias just come out in its 17th edition. For one tiling, the Guinness Book of lieconls has decided that the Aimmm is longer than the Nile, now that navigable wa- ters are being measured pro- perly. Tim Ear! of Iveagli. ehairman of the Guinness brewing inter- ests, said the book now has teen produced in five million copies with translations into Czech, Danish, Dutch, French, Finnish, German, Italian, Japa- nese, Norwegian, Spanish and Swedish. II was conceived in 1955 by company officials who realized that anybody, after a couple of beers, is likely to get into an argument. Lord Iraagh thought there ought to be some kind of a SPIKO AGNEW Would Step Duwn Professor's gambling class graduates in TORONTO (CP) Prof. Igor Kusyszyn's gambling stu- dents have graduated in the chips. The York University profes- sor has conducted an evening course on gambling for the last four months. When he took 10 of his 12 students to the racetrack on a field trip recently, all who placed bets won money. One man made the professor won more than S200 himself and total winnings were more than I i "I think this course has i made us really realize the ini- I portance of self-discipline in successful one student, who plays blackjack j exclusively, said as the course ended last week. The students were all men, j the majority middle-aged. I One, a semi-pro with a the chips Impaired drivers attend lectures EDMONTON You could almost feel the resent- ment as the men filed into the courtroom in Edmonton for the first of four lectures for persons convicted of impaired driving. They didn't want to they felt the licence suspension and fines were sufficient punish- ment. But they had been ordered to had been placed on thiee months' probation to en- sure that attendance. The first speaker recited some statistics, and you could see that most of the attendees were hoping the lecture would end. Then they heard the magis- trate who had sent most, of them there. Tile magistrate told them the lectures were designed to educate impaired drivers, not to punish them. There were a few questions, but most of them still seemed to be bitter. the volume had been turned up. He s c r e a m e d o t a high- pitched scream but a moan, only many times louder. When the lights were turned on again, they were a different group. George Strachan, the pro- gram director, then explained j the reason behind the lectures, j "We wanted to reduce the number of second offenders on impaired driving so we bor- rowed tiiis program from Phoe- nix, Ariz., where they've had it for about four years and en- joyed considerable he told them. "In our second lecture we'll hear from a representative of the insurance adjusters' asso- ciation and from a member of the driver review board who will tell you how to go about getting your licence back again." LAW IS INVOLVED The third lecture is about al- book to settle Hie claims. "Ixit's turn heat into liis lordship commented. The new says. The 1'Jmpin1 S'dte Building is losing, after years, the title for being tallest because of the new 1 lu-storey World Trade Centre in .New In Britain. Hargrave cracked a record by taking 5. driver's test 40 times before she passed it. Thai. the book records, is icnuwn as tenacious. Mount 1C v e r e s t lias been climbed )1 tinie.s. In 1070 only one country be- came In 1) e c e m b e r. the amount of sunshine over Brit- ain's Parliament in Westmins- ter was recorded as nil hours, nil minutes. The earliest description of a duodenal ulcer was made m 1746 by a man nam.'.'d George Erhard Hamberger. Mandarin Chinese is the lan- guage spoken by the most pie. 5RO million, English has -190.000 words and 300.000 technical terms but the spoken tongue among the better educated is confined to about Georges Schmidt of Stras- bourg, a translator for the United Nations, is the greaiest living linguist, speaking 30 lan- guages and translating 66. The worst tongue-twister in English is offered: The sixth sick sheikh's smb sheep's sick. Pardons "ranted I Then the movie projector was I coholism and all its attendant j I turned on. Three minutes later problems. The fourth is a dis- the audience was sitting up in rapt attention. background in statistics, had practically earned his living from gaming tables for more than 20 years and came to the seminar to find out "my psy- chological and financial reac- tion to losing." Another, a high school teacher, came to learn how to handicap horse races. They saw tiie bodies of two teen-agers who were smashed into the windshield ot a car. The c u s s i o n of what the class thought of the course and ways they think it can be improved. The program ensures the ano- nymity of each person attending d r i ve r's face had broken by using a number for him through the glass and bis lips were pulled back in 3. macabre grin. But the worst part was the sound track. The driver, not dead yet, was moaning. When he was moved, it sounded as if throughout the course. Attend- ance is taken by each person signing when he comes in. The lectures are held in mag- istrate's court to remind those attending that the law is in- volved. by Peru govt. LIMA more important, price controls j which are at times subsidizing the inefficient segments the j industry." I Mr. Landreth said marketing j boards cannot control retaiij prices aud don't have the! power to negotiate prices paid j to producers. He said Uie turkey prices paid to producers are lower this j year than last even tt'ith re- i strictions. The flow oi imported turkeys: into Albert a has been restrict- j ed since mid October but Mr. j Landreth said this has not been used as a lever to raise prices. Welcome Heidelber The sparkling new beer from Carling, Cool brewed from the choicest hops and malt and pure Rocky Mountain spring waten J Welcome to Heidelberg Beer. A bright sparkling beer brewed from pure natural Rocky Mountain spring water. 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