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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 26, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Wednesday, June LETHBRIDGE HERALD-17 Slimey Manitoba CMA seeks legal advice By PETER MICHAELSON TORONTO (CP) The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) voted Tuesday to get legal advice on its controversial new policy of "no resuscitation" for terminally ill patients. The legal advice is being sought following a warning by Dr. F. N. Brown of the Cana- dian Medical Protective Association. The Ottawa doctor told the CMA they would be open to lawsuits by writing "no resuscitation" on the chart of a dying patient. Delegates to the association's annual meeting agreed Monday it is ethically acceptable for physicians to refrain from reviving terminally ill patients who may have lapsed into coma or suffered cardiac arrest. The decision was taken be- cause resusciation can be an anguishing experience for some patients whose death is inevitable anyway. Moreover, resuscitation may include use of heart-lung machines, respirators, catheters and intravenous, preclude the possibility of death with dig- nity, a concern of the medical profession since the advent of new, life-supporting medical technology. RESOLVE QUESTIONS Dr. R. F. Clark of Edmonton told the CMA's general sort of parliament of Canadian the legal questions should be resolved now that the "no resuscitation" issue has become official policy. But Dr. E. A. Horniman of North Surrey, B.C., said the advice of legal experts can be predicted. They could only safely say "no" to a question whether doctors should put the controversial order in writing. On the other hand, "no one can bring a case against doc- tors if the doctors don't write the orders down." Dr. Horniman said the medical opinion of the CMA that the new policy is ethical will be safeguard enough. The CMA's policy "will have such weight that no law in the land will condemn a doctor when he does it (writes down a no-resuscitation order) for the good of the patient and society." VOTE TO PETITION On another topic, physician delegates voted to petition the federal and provincial govern- ments for mandatory warnings of health dangers on all packaging and advertising of tobacco and alcohol products. After five years of ducking the issue, the CMA also re- solved to ask the federal health protection branch for a research effort to determine whether chiropractic treatment is of value. rleterBarfeoies invaders Shade-loving forest tent caterpillars, top, cling to the sides of houses at Alonsa, 100 miles northwest of Winni- peg, crawling onto door- ways, porches and even people. Residents face one of the worst infesta- tions in living memory. Families are obliged to boil their drinking water as the foul smell the caterpillars leave behind has permeated local sup- plies. Provincial govern- ment aid is sought in getting rid of the pests. In other panel Stella Capp shovels tubfuls of the worms around her farm. The caterpillars have completely de- foliated trees. They are so plentiful it is almost impossible to walk with- out squashing them underfoot. BOLOGNA In The Piece 69 Ib. BULK WIENERS Great For Barbecuing 85 Ib. RIB STEAK Ideal Barbecue Idea 1 Ib. PORK CHOPS Cut Thick For Your Barbecuing Needs 1 29 Ib. SIRLOIN STEAK SO09 Ib. SHORT RIBS Perfect For Tangy Barbecues 85 Ib. COLD MEATS BAKED VIENNA MAC CHEESE CHEESE LOAF PORK BACON SIDES OF BEEF Ib. 1 09 FRONTS OF BEEF Ib. 89 BARBECUE BEEF PATTIES lOlb.box Ib. 1 09 Remember with the high cost of beef, you can budget a beef at Ranchland for only a month service charge, and we have no prob- lem in filling your meat requirements. We reserve the right to limit quantities. Westminster Mall Prices effective June RANCHLAND MEATS Phone 328-0637 Cannabis use opposed by Canadian doctors TORONTO (CP) The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) has again asked the federal health department to warn the public .about the possible dangers of marijuana and hashish usage. A resolution passed Tuesday at the CMA annual meeting requests Health Minister Marc Lalonde to make a public declaration about the possibly serious heal.th hazards associated with continued use of cannabis. The health department did not act on a similar request made by the association at its meeting last year in Vancouver, Dr. Bette Stephenson of To- ronto, incoming CMA president, said the association does not have enough scientific knowledge about the effects of prolonged cannabis use to condemn it outright. However, the CMA opposes cannabis use as a precaution because of the possible harmful effects, she said. The health department should take a strong stand against its use for the same reason. SAYS 'MINOR DETAIL' Dr. J. E. Moriarty of Cal- gary, chairman of the CMA community health council, said cannabis use is "relatively minor detail" in the over-all drug abuse situation. It was hypocritical to get excited about cannabis when doctors will not take a firm stand against alcohol (1-3 Year GUARANTEED SAVINGS CERTIFICATES Interest payable monthly, quarterly, semi-annually or compounded to maturity. Member Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation can purchase Olympic corns FARMERS MERCHANTS TRUST 309-7th Street S., Lethbridge Phone much greater cause of ill health. Dr. Victor Dirnfield of Rich- mond, B.C., said young people in society will lose faith in the medical profession if it con- demns cannabis use when the health hazard has not been documented with scientific certainty. On another topic, the physi- cian delegates resolved to en- sure that their patients are aware of their individual re- sponsibility for good health. Patients should know they cannot rely solely on doctors for their physical and mental health. The CMA also urged the fed- eral government to make available more funds for medical research because such research has shown economic returns in the prevention and treatment of disease. SOMEBODY FOOLING AROUND OTTAWA