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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 26, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDQE February Lawrence Lamb M.D. Dear Dr. Lamb I would like to comment on your explanations of a doctor's responsibilities and ethics. A doctor is supposed to give each patient he accepts his full knowledge of his medical profession and whatsoever it takes to improve his patient's condition. I know, Dr. Lamb, and so do you, that is not what the doctors of today are doing. Excuses are being made for their failure to do this, but there is but one reason, see more victims and make more money. A first grade student can figure that simple fact out. I'm a victim at the doctor's mercy, so you can't tell a burnt child the fire is not hot. The doctors created this situation themselves and it was not with health in mind. I can remember when a doctor was your best friend. If you will look at the, income tax statements of these life savers today, it is obvious where their interest is. If you ask a doctor a medical question today when he runs past you, you will offend him. Yet doctors are supposed to have the most important, ethical profession in the land. Watergate is only a ripple in comparison. Who is fooling who? Dear Reader I hope you feel better. Ventilation is good for one's health. I'm not going to pretend that all doctors are saints, they are not. They are human. There are good and bad doctors just as there are good and bad ministers, lawyers, judges, teachers, politicians, and whatever walk of life you choose. As a group, though, I'm impressed that most doctors are representative of the best standards our society and culture offers. I really believe most doctors would like to spend much more time with their patients, but they can't always do this. The number of people who want to be seen, and must be seen, is too great. He doesn't like to turn away people with problems if he can possibly avoid it. The short time he has to spend does mean an increased likelihood of missing something or not doing everything that should be done. The vast majority of doctors make a surprisingly small amount per hour of time spent. Their income would be quite small if they worked a 40-hour week. Most physicians in practice work over 60 hours a week. Twenty hours a week at time-and-a-half or double for Sundays and holidays does add up. Many others working those hours would be doing equally as well or better at that rate. This, in turn, means sacrifices in time to be with their families, play golf, or just plain relax. They lose a lot of time for living that most people have. Even with these hours, they still have more patients to see than they have time. In general, I'm convinced that the general public does not have a very good picture of the doctor's life and responsibilities. He is not a slave to society just because he chooses a profession to help his fellow man. No segment of our society will endure gross privation in life's opportunities beyond a certain point. The physician is no exception. If society makes life too difficult for doctors, the profession will no longer attract as capable young people as it does. Send your questions to Dr. Lamb, in care of this newspaper, P.O. Box 1551, Radio City Station, New York, N.Y. 10019. For a copy of Dr. Lamb's booklet on losing weight, send 50 cents to the same address and ask for "Losing Weight" booklet. Flashback Your horoscope ByJemeDixon "A MAN HAS TttlENTf COINS CONSISTINSOF.PWE5 WEDNESDAY, FEB. 27 Your birthday today: Transformation is the phenomenon of the year ahead, as your enterprises produce results which are strange but beneficial and interesting to all. Relationships flow smoothly if you can only let nature take its course. This is the year to let regular meditation guide you thru many changes. Today's natives are likeable personalities, with preferences for vocations which require dexterity or mimicry ARIES (March 21-April Appearances are impressive, but there is less than meets the eye in most instances. Important people are undecided as to what to do; make your own plans flexible. TAURUS (April 20-May Slow down, take the trouble to double check as you go. Regardless of attractive incentives in other directions, leave your financial situation untouched. GEMINI (May 21-June Vivid as the picture is of what seems certain to happen, there's something more yet to be considered, exceptions to the rules. Play it straight. CANCER (June 21-JuIy Rely mainly on your own experience and judgment. Your work deserves thought and thorough checking, particularly where you're doing something original. LEO (July 23-Aug. Indiscretion in emotional expression is a pitfall that is easy to fall into. In business practices, novel ideas also include hidden complexities. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. You have a difficult choice to make with not much to go on. Asking others for advice and then questioning their wisdom is simply a delaying action. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. Significant moves are misunderstood, could certainly be postponed to good advantage. It's up to you to keep your normal routines going. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. See if you can enjoy a full round of things as they are before you begin forcing arbitrary changeovers. There are many fine points which must be tested. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22- Dec. Avoid excesses of any sort. Business or vocational applications along traditional lines work well, but little else runs true to form. CAPRICORN (De-. 22-Jan. Creative work should prevail over routine, although casual experimentation is not encouraged. Later it turns out most of your worry is needless. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. Everybody has something to say, promises to offer. A little distance will permit you to see your friends and their ventures in better perspective. PISCES (Feb. 19-March Facts and figures are subject to confusion. Imagination runs lively, but shouldn't be permitted to displace your work efforts or cloud your business acumen. 1974, The Chicago Tribune 1 !F THE DIMES QUARTERS AND TWE QUARTERS WERE PIM65, HE UWLP HAVE NINETY CENTS MORE THAN HE MS NMLHOti) MA HE SHORT MBS by frank o'neal VODKA IS 5EAU> SOOO IN COLD rrs so STRONG IT YOUR SHOULDN'T IT WHILE HI AND LOIS by dik browne you DID WHAT, DITTO? I FORGOT SOMETHIN6 REAL IMPORTANT WHEN I BUILT THIS RACER BUGS BUNNY By THE CANADIAN PRESS Feb. 26, 1974 A five-man party from a United States radar picket ship boarded a Soviet fishing trawler off Newfoundland's coast 15 years ago today in 1959. The Soviet vessel was suspected of breaking four American Telephone and Telegraph cables. However, the navy crew reported no evidence of any intent other than fishing. comedian Sir Harry Lauder died. Ask Andy Goren on Bridge BY CHARLES H. GOREN (b 1t7l Both vulnerable. South deals. NORTH J1S7S52