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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 13, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta ; ~ THE lETHBRIDGE HERALD ~ Saturday, March 13, 1971 Your horoscope By Jeane Dixon SUNDAY. MARCH 14 Yonr Birthday Today: A phase opens of fluent upward movement in your career. External conditions are changing swiftly, new technologies coming to regular use. You can go along with the times and do well thru consistent effort: Social experience is livelier in the next year or two. ABIES (March 21 - April 19): Be willing to venture into the unfamiliar and unplanned this Sunday, but take along your mate or a companion. The goal is experience rather than material gain, TAURUS (April 20 - May 20): Get an early start, your morning routines squared away, as tilings ore Ukely to happen to keep you on the jump. GEMINI (May 21 - Jane 20): Everybody you are interested in has somebody else bidding for attentiwj too. Encourage younger people. Set both an example and a guide line. CANCER (June 21 - July 22): Turn to family and home building - begin with an expression of your feelings, a token of love and involvement. There is much to do today. LEO (July 22 - Aug. 22): Today's electric quality tempts you to sudden competitive Doctors too busy to make choice OTTAWA (CP) - Saving few lives at great expense or supplying essential medical services to the many is the agonizing choice msing from soaring health care costs, suggests an expert on medical economics. Dr. D. D. (Jellman, a Winni- peg specialist in internal medicine, says doctors are too deeply involved with Individual patients to be able to resolve this conflict. It is up to the public, through governments, to choose whether transplants or other costly care that benefits only a few should have priority over extending essential medical services to everyone. Writing in the current issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal, Dr. (Sellman says: "The time may soon come when society may formally and according to a plan-as it does Buzzes pain away SAN ANTONIO, Tex. (AP) - Patients suffering from chronic and severe pain soon may get relief from an electronic vibrator that buzzes the pain away- The water-thin inch-long device is implanted into the spdnal coi"d where it sends a low-powered radio signal to the nearby tissues. "We give the patient a buzzing or a sensation of vibration," said the developer of the device. Dr. C. Norman Shealy, diief of neurosurgery at the Gunderson Clinic of Madison, Wis. "The pain is then blocked just like novocaine." Dr. Shealy, hi a paper presented at the Neuro-Electric Society conference here, said that the device was tested on more than 150 persons with aJ-most uniform success. He said the buzzing sensation in non-pain-detecting tissue blocks out the pain felt in other parts of the spmaJ coi-d. A receiver. Implanted just below the collar bone, gets signals from a transmitter about the size of a cigarette package. T!ie patient controls the intensity and puJsmg of the buzzer by adjusting the transmitter. Dr. Sliealy said his buzzer wll be generally available "if all goes well in the final phases of development" by this summer or early fall. He said the cost of the operation to implant the devisee and the device itself will be about $1,000- now mtormally and haphazardly -deny expensive treatment to some individuals in order that less expensive facilities may be made available to a larger number of other individuals." Dr. Gellraan, chairman of the CMA's council on medical economics, says specialists too often control development of medical programs. HEROIC. BUT . . . The result was "inordinate" effort spent on investigaUoo and treatment of interestmg but rare conditions and in heroic but frequently unsuccessful attempts to postpone death without regard for the quality of the life that the patient would have to endure. In assessmg the squeeze on available funds to pay for medical services. Dr. Gellman notes these factors: -From 1953 to 1958 in Manitoba costs of comprehensive pl^siciains' services rose at the same rate as per-capita income while the cost of hospital services rose twice as fast. -In the last 40 years, the death rate decreased at the same rate as in the 1920s, when costs were a fraction of today's. Average and median ages of death increased but at a steadily falling rate. -Improvement i n average life expectancy in the 1950-66 period was negligible for males of all ages and "somewhat less than dramatic for females." -?osts and income trends, continued at present rates until 2000, wUl mean hospital costs consume 25 per cent of personal income. Dr. Grellman says the questions about spending money on heart tansplants rather than on providing community doctors other me CMcm TtlkMI] WEEKLY BRIDGE QUIZ Q. I-As iSouth, neither vul- aerable, you hold: 4kAQJ10 9� ^K Puf f What do you bid Mwl Q. 2-As South, ndnenible, you hold: 45 ^Q1083 0AQMI2 4197t The bidduig has proceeded: North East South 1 * 2 V T What do you bid? Q. 3-Neither vnlKrablc, as South you hold: 4kKJ9 36 OAK10 2 *KQ7 4 What do you bid? Q. 8-~Both vulnerable, as South you hold: 4962 ^1074 OA92 AKJiiS The bidding has proceeded: North East Sonth West 1 4 2 0 Pass S 0 3 Pass ? What do you bid nowT ilfiok far aruwera Mondayt The seismograph Andy sends a complete 20-volume set of the World Book Encyclopedia to Alan Cagle, age 12, of Bixby, Oklahoma, for his question: How does a seismograph work? Through the years, Andy has answered many questions about earthquakes. And each time he managed to sneak in this suggestion. The world needs many more seismology teams with lots of superior equ^ment and a chance to probe every detail that goes on in the restless crust of the earth. This logical step should, in tune, give the know-how required to predict when and where an earthquake is likely to happen, UnUl we tackle this basic seismology task m a big way, sudden earthquakes will continue to shake up crowded communities. � * * During the past months, serious earthquakes have shaken Peru and Italy, Alaska, Sumat ra and other far flung regions around the globe. On February 9, a fairly serious one brought disaster to several crowded communities ui southern California. This state tends to be eartliquake - prone because here the earth's crust has several major faults, plus a network of hundreds of minor ones. Earthquakes from major faults are expected, though not yet predictable. But February's shuddering shake was triggered by one of the minor faults. Seismologists located in special stations keep records of earthquakes and watch their patterns on a global scale. A sensitive seismograph instrument measures the pulsuig vibration that an earthquake sends through the solid earth in all du-ections. Some vibrations take horizontal paths through the crustal shell. Other types take vertical paths and tangents down through the globe. A seismograph registers these vibration patterns and records them on graphs called seismo-gram. Basically the sensitive instru-ment is a suspended weight, firmly anchored into a deep, massive foundation of rock or concrete. The sturdy foundation ignores everyday surface shakes, such as passmg trucks. But it responds to earthquake vibration and relays them to the suspended weight. The heavy weight tends to resist - and this causes its support to echo in harmony with the vibration pattern. An attachment record the details. This may be an automatic pen that lines a graph on a revolving drum. Or it may be a more accurate modem device that triggers an electromagnetic current, measured by a galameter. A beam of reflected light marks this finely detailed seismograph on a photographic plate. A seismology center has a priority communications system with other stations and at least three seismographs. One specializes in the north - east vibration paths through the crustal shell, another in the east - west horizontal paths. Another seismograph records and reports the complex patterns of the vertical vibrations that travel down through the globe. All seismographs can report, the duration and likely strength of an earthquake. But its epicenter and local magnitude cannot be figured from one sta-| tion. This is puipomted by triangulating evidence from several widely separated seismology stations. The complicated comparisons and computmgs begin at once, long before the aftermaths of a major quake have gentled down to normal. * . * Andy sends a World Book Globe to Harley Edward Car-mack, age 9, of Oape Girardeau, Missouri, for his question: How can an earthworm see? This quiet little fellow happens to be one of Andy's favorite creatures. He lives a very useful life, making burrows to let air and water down into the ground. He also devours rotting leaves and helps to break them down into usable food chemicals for the plant world. And he does all this spelndid work with no legs to get around. True, he has a little mouth, a head end and a tail end, plus tiny bristles on his tummy to help him crawl. But he has no eyes like yours - yet he manages to see the tilings that are important to him. He sees what he sees with cells in his pink skm, special cells that are senitive to light. Dozens of them are crowded around his head and tail, the two ends most likely to poke outdoors. They sense bright liglit and shadows and his nerves flash these reports to hi tiny brain. He escapes from vivid sunshine because it dries his moist skin. The earthworm has other cells that sense strong chemicals and favorite flavors. His hearing is feeble, but he can detect the vibrations of footsteps. Questions asfted by children of Herald readers should be mailed to Ask Andy, P.O. Box 765, Huntington Beacii, California 92648. Publishing Co. 1971) (Copyright Chronicle LINll^./FA PERSONS LIKES ANOTHER rasON}" lITIHATOTHERfaKOM weM'ruKeiHefMiSfr PERSON ASAUICH AS THAT FIRST REUiSJtJIIffiJ ^ 5H0ULPTHE0T11�/i' film vol/ iKEStfTUKETHEFIRSTPERaw' THAT ONCE MORE, PpN,WTTIV(rOIHRl�NN lA^AWCKASTHATFKSrPatSCN , rUMBLEWEEDS-By TOM K. RYAN U'L ABNER-By Al Capp /iT'SSAFETO i^KE'irour- ARCHIE-By Bob Montana HI AND LOIS-By Dik Brown* Dfnt3;WH/DOy30 PLAV IN A�y SECRETAR/ WHEN iVE TOl-D VOti I DON'T WANT VOU W THERE? SHORT RIBS-By Frank O'Neal \m A ppiNjr. It DULLS THE SENSES ANO MAKES ONE UNAmRE C3F WHATiS HAPP�N/A/a ,1 KNOW, ARE ^buswae ^OU WONT HAVE'ONE? BUGS BUNNY I'LL PUT JT THIS tVAY; USIM' THIS IS SORTA LIKE PRESSIN'TH^ WRINKLES OUT OP A DRESSI ;