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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 6, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 34 -THE LETHBRIDG6 HERALD Wedntwtay, March 6, 1974 _----------------------------------------------------------------------'---------------------------------------- Drinking problem sewn up in special trial operation The amusement is sportive PONOKA, Alta. (CP) Six Albertans have a built-in, or more accurately, a sewn-in inducement to stay sober. Their alternative to sobriety is violent illness after as little as a single drink. The illness would be in- itiated by 10 small tablets sewn into the patient's abdo- men. Alcohol combining with particles from the tablets which have been absorbed into the system creates a chemical reaction in the body that disrupts a key step in the digestive process. The six specially-chosen male alcoholics were said by the doctors involved to be the first subjects in Canada to un- dergo such implant operations to sew up their drinking prob- lems. The operations were per- formed at the Alberta Hospi- tal near Edmonton to give Canada its own store of re- search information on the value of the anti-alcoholism weapon devised in Europe. USED ONLY ORALLY The drug itself, disulfiram or Antabuse, has been used in Canada for years but only in oral doses, said D.R. M.J. Lewis, the Australian-born overseer of the Alberta Hospi- tal project. But oral usage poses two basic problems. Dr. Lewis said people, par- ticularly alcoholics, are not always responsible enough to Withholding medication from dying baby is not euthanasia, says doctor TORONTO (CP) Withholding medical procedures from a dying baby is not euthanasia, Dr. L; L. Barry Deveder associate professor of pediatrics at University of Western Ontario, said this week. Dr Deveber was one of four panelists discussing euthanasia on a program sponsored by the public affairs department of the Toronto Arts Productions in co-operation with Toronto Right to Life, a pro-life group. He said there is little opposition within the medical profession to the view that withholding blood transfusions and medication from a dying baby is not cited a report in a New England medical jour- nal that said 43 babies had been allowed to die when treatment was withheld. "It's not too difficult to make decisions when heart or brain damage is he said. At the same time he stressed the need for accurate diagnosis and prognosis. Jill Knight, a Conservative member of the British Parliament, said women who have an abortion are more likely in subsequent pregnancies to have deformed, still-born or the British Foundation for Research in Childbearing, which she said is neutral in the controversy over abortion. The member from Birmingham who crusaded against Britain's abortion legislation said the report indicated that women with a history of one abortion have a 50-per-cent increase in still-born children, a 40-per-cent increase in premature births and a fourfold increase in pelvic, menstrual and other disorders. AFTERNOON BINGO MOOSE HALL-1234 3 Ave. North 5 Money DOUBLED WMklv Jackoot Fre? Cards Sponsored bv THE MOOSE LODGE No Children Under 16 Allowed to Welcome LOYAL ORDER OF MOOSE 1234-3rd Ave. N. Regular Wednesday Night p.m. 25 (fAMES-DOUBLE MONEY CARDS-MANY EXTRAS THIS WEEKS JACKPOT IN St. NUMBERS Enter for the Easier Draw 5 cards pays Double-Door Prize Wo one untier 16 years allowed to play. be entrusted with the daily duty of taking a dose of Anta- buse, especially since they re- alize it will prevent them from having the drinks they desire. In addition, large quantities must be administered when the drug is taken orally since there is no way the system can store it. There is no as- surance that prolonged use in heavy dosages will not create undesirable side effects. The implantation method al- lows smaller dosages since the chemical is absorbed slowly and steadily. Whichever way it is used, the drug demands respect, said Dr. Lewis. People who have taken it and made the mistake of hav- ing a drink afterwards echo his thoughts. One treated alcoholic who conducted this kind of per- sonal research said later: "For the first half-hour, I was afraid I was going to die and for the next I was afraid I wasn't going to." In less dramatic language, Dr. Lewis said the effect of mixing Antabuse and alcohol can be "distressing and dan- gerous." Dr. Lewis said federal health authorities set high standards for his group before granting them a licence to proceed with the six ex- perimental implants.- Ottawa had to be satisfied that the Canadian team would be able to remove the "wrinkles" which had been reported from some of the European implants. This required development of a new form of implanta- tion. In France, doctors used a hollow surgical instrument, like a leather punch, to pierce the body. The tablets were then dropped down the hollow metal tube into the'patient's body tissue. In the Alberta operations, the patient in each case was anesthetized. An incision slightly larger than that used in an appendectomy was made in the left side of the abdomen. Then the 10 Antabuse ta- blets of 100-milligram strength were placed in a roseate pattern in a hollow in fatty tissue under the muscle. The operations all took less than an hour. The patients were fully mobile after a night's rest. Dr. Lewis said the Cana- dian procedure is preferable to the French method because it permits more even dis- tribution of tablets and holds the risk of surgical and post- operative infection to a min- imum. Women on the beat still a novelty Kathy Fitzpatrick on the job By TOM TIEDE BOSTON (NBA) When she motors by in the squad car, children still snicker and point fingers. When she's on an assistance call, working men still watch their language in her presence. And when she stops at the station house for lunch, the back-room conversation still turns from talk of perpetrators to such things as pantyhose "Oh, Kath's okay; except she's the only cop we got who is worried about runs in her stockings." After nearly two years on the force, Boston patrolwoman Kathy Fitzpatrick is still a novelty. Never mind what the 1972 Equal Opportunites Act says, she is still out of place. They dress her in a size 8 uniform, give her a petite version of a nightstick, but many Bostonians including some diehard policemen remain bemused at the sight of eyeshadow on the beat. Normally, the amusement is sportive. A feminist wonders if Officer Fitzpatrick "goes to the bathroom standing up." When she tells a fellow cop she is going to have her picture taken, the male calls for a wide-angle lens. But occasionally, usually privately, the jokes about Officer Fitzpatrick are not so funny. Though uniformed policewpmen are becoming commonplace in America, though Boston alone has 32 of them (on a force of Leather best material for all-occasion shoe MONTREAL (CP) Women planning to add a new pair of shoes to their ward- robe should put their money in leather and take time to get a good fit, says Seymour Lubin, president of French Shoe Ltd. Mr. Lubin said in an inter- view that leather is a better buy than plastic, which is be- coming expensive because of the current short supply of oil derivatives. "Leather is supple and flex- ible and will bend with the foot Plastics will not do this." When buying a shoe, one should ask what it is made or take it in your hand to feel the weight, said Mr. Lubin. "If it is heavy and cumber- some, remember your foot has to drag that around all day." He said one can tell a good leather by looking at a pair of tan leather shoes. "If the color is an even, or- ange tinge, then it is a cheap leather that has been sprayed one color. If the grain of the leather shows up in the color, then it is a good one." Mr. Lubin also said the last or model of the shoe is impor- tant because each one is dif- ferent. "A woman should not stick to the 'I'm a 7B and even if it's too tight, that's my size and it'll stretch' way of think- ing." If she has a good shoe salesman, interested in giving her a good fit, and he recom- mends a slightly larger or smaller size in a particular shoe model, then she should try it. He could be right. "And above all, don't hurry. There is nothing worse than dashing in and buying shoes in a hurry only to find out later they kill your feet. "If you don't have enough time, come back another day." "It used to be that we made whatever was in fashion and that was all you could buy. "Today the public is asking for and getting shoes that fit their lifestyles." Spring and summer styles for 1974 will stress a move away from the high platforms of last season towards a thin- ner platform. However, the wedge heel will remain, dressed up in such new looks as both open-and closed-toe espadrilles with cord detail for casual wear. bitter grumbling continues concerning women in blue. To some extent, the opinion is technically correct. Police women have been as much a bother as a benefit to the more than 40 municipalities which have begun hiring them. Changes have had to be made in training facilities, personnel juggling has become more tedious, and, as one midwest police chief says it, "We worry about their safety, naturally; it's chivalry, I guess woman getting killed seems worse than a man." Yet equal opportunity is the law and progressive police departments from Boston to San Francisco are opening their patrol ranks to women. No one knows precisely how many have been hired in recent years (in 1972 women comprised an estimated 1.5 per cent of American police but the statistics range from one in towns like Danbury, Conn., to more than 660 in New York. Thus it is that Kathy Fitzpatrick, 26, is out daily on patrol in Boston's 7th District. Thus it is too that, though she wears a badge and a gun like any other police officer, she continues to be as much a controversy as a cop. At 5 feet and 100 pounds, the question never goes out of style: "What happens when some 260-pound killer comes charging from a room in your For her part, Officer Fitzpatrick answers the question well enough, possibly from memory: "Nobody knows exactly how they'll respond in a given situation, but I'm well trained, my eyes are wide open. I can see times when a man might handle a situation better than a woman. I can see times when the reverse would be true. Remember, 80 per cent of police work is nqnphysical but if it came to it, if I had to use my'gun, I would." No doubt she would. At first glance she does not seem so tough she plucks her eyebrows, wears a blond wig on duty and is nothing if not impishly cute. Yet she is not so dainty in experience. Daughter of a Boston policeman, she worked her way through college doing housework at 50 cents an hour. After graduation she taught at a school for emotionally disturbed children. She's not had it hard, but not easy either. Her world is real enough. And her philosophies too are sober and objective. She admits (as do many young male cops these days) there are laws she does not particularly enjoy enforcing. For example: tossing a kid in jail for smoking a joint. Yet for the most part she sees her job as that of a super social worker, saving citizens from other citizens: "I remember once a woman poked me in the neck with a stick. Well, she was a mental case and I felt sorry for her. But, it could have been a knife she was poking, and her next victim might be a child. So I- busted her and was glad I did." Actually, Officer Fitzpatrick has not had an excessive busting record. She believes, as a sergeant at her training academy once instructed, "Some of the best officers are ones who make few arrests." She also hasn't had the full opportunity to crack down on real crime in Beantown; old ways pass slowly and Boston police officials still will not allow women on the beat after dark. And so it is, frankly, that she is still after two years just a rank rookie. Her district is a- safe one, her duties consist, mostly of driving around issuing parking summons, her male partners watch over her 'with a deference they would scarce show to other males. In a sense this is under-- standable; Boston is still in the experimental stage with policewomen and it would not be wise, as one officer says, "to throw them in without a lifeline." But if minimizing Officer Fitzpatrick's responsibilities is understandable, it is also a waste. The woman is better educated than 90 per cent of the force (Masters degree in Education) and she is at least as thoroughly trained in police science as most. Though she does not criticize patrol duty herself, she has to wonder if she couldn't be put to better use: "I do some undercover work and it's fascinating. I think it's a good area for women. I don't say we shouldn't patrol but if we can be more helpful someplace else, well Well it's something to think about. At least it would be a better subject at station house lunch than pantyhose. Lumping policemen and policewomen together on the same jobs may satisfy the Equal Opportunities Act, but after two years the novelty of the situation has definitely worn thin and Kathy Fitzpatrick is one officer who has decided that more imaginative assignments might better satisfy the primary obligation of police departments: Protecting people. 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