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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 4, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 24-THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Friday, October 4, 1974 Lawrence Lamb M.D. Dear Dr. Lamb I am a victim of tic douloureux and have been for several years. I have had several alcohol in- jections which only last a short time or a month or two. I have suffered intense pain at times. I have also read about carbamazepine. Would it work? ALso, how serious is it to have the nerve cut? That is the next step for me, and I dread it. I know surgery has to go into the skull to have it done. Dear Reader Tic douloureux sends sharp stabb- ing pain into the jaw. I don't have to tell you that it is ex- ruciating pain, one of the worst experienced by man. The problem has been known for years at least. The pain follows the dis- tribution of fibers from the same nerve that comes out of the brain and supplies the jaw muscles, the trigeminal nerve. That is why it is called trigeminal neuralgia. The alcohol injections are used to deaden the nerve. But, you are right, they often don't last very long. Carbamazepine and some other medicines have been used with varied success. In the long run they often don't work. Surgery is done and the nerve cut. The problem is that this may affect the muscles to the jaw and face. However, there is a relatively new technique that may be useful to many people with your problem. It is called electrocoagulation. Actually, it was first tried in Germany in 1931. Using an electrical needle, heat was introduced to the nerve and in this way nerve fibers were destroyed. The problem was that the original technique, like sur- gery, destroyed more than just the pain fibers Dr John M. Tew, Jr. of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and Dr. William Sweet of Harvard developed a technique to destroy only the pain fibers. Here's how it is done. The needle is inserted into the nerve fibers, usually under the cheekbone. A small current is introduced through the nerve and if the needle is in a nerve fiber the pain will be reproduced. The larger current is then introduced directly into that nerve fiber. If the small current affects the facial muscles the doctor knows the large current will cause problems and tries again to find the right fiber within the bundle of nerve fibers. The pain fibers do not have a good sheath around them and are more easily destroyed than, the fibers for sense of touch and movement of muscles. The pain fibers literally are not as well in- sulated. Thus far the results from this technique have been quite good, particularly for a problem that has not been successfully treated for about years. Dr. Tew claims success in 95 per cent of cases treated to date. And, the procedure can be done in patients who have fairly poor health with a minimal amount of problems. There is no need for surgery or go inside the skull. The one big drawback to date is that it is new and not many doctors are trained or equipped to use this procedure That, however, is bound to change when a good solution is at hand to provide meaningful relief to an age- old malady. Send your questions to Dr. Lamb, in care of this new- spaper, P.O. Box 1551, Radio City Station, New York, N.Y. 10019. For a copy of Dr. Lamb's booklet on balanced diet, send 50 cents to the same address and ask for the "Balanced Diet" booklet. Flashback I THE CANADIAN PRESS Oct. 4, 1974 The first object fashioned by human minds and hands entered space with the successful launching of the first earth satellite by the Soviet Union 17 yearsago in 1957. Throughout the world Russia gained popular prestige and plaudits of scien- tists as Sputnik I whirled round the earth at a speed of miles an hour, more than 500 miles high. Radio audiences listened entranced to the pulsating beeps sent out by a radio inside the 185- pound, 25-inch thick artificial moon. Goren on Bridge BY CHARLES H. GOREN im, CkiCMO Tnbm Both vulnerable. South deals. NORTH VK653 A854 WEST EAST 4Q1042 VQJ9 VVoid 7 4K109643 SOUTH AJ9 f A108742 KQ103 The bidding: South West North East 1 V Pass 3 V Pass 4 Pass 4 Pass 6 9 Pass Pass Pass Opening lead: Ace of Declarer overlooked an im- portant preliminary step in his plan of action and went down in a six heart contract because of unlucky distri- bution. When North made a jump raise of his partner's open- ing bid. South immediately became interested in slam. Since it would not help him to find out how many aces his partner was interested in which ace- South launched a cue bidding sequence. North's cue-bid, showing first-round control in diamonds, was ail the inducement South need- ed to leap to slam. West led the ace of clubs, and dummy was a pleasing sight. Barring unfortunate splits in the red suits, it seemed that declarer would be taking a spade finesse for an overtrick. He ruffed the opening lead, laid down the ace of hearts and got the bad news that he had a certain trump loser. Suddenly, he was faced with the proposi- tion of bringing in both the spade and diamond suits without a loser if he were to make his slam. Since he could guard against a 4-1 diamond di- vision if East held the length in that suit, declarer tackled the diamonds in the right way. After cashing the king of hearts, he led a diamond to the king and another to- ward the ace. West found the best ruffed the diamond and exited with a club, forcing declarer to ruff. South now had to rely on the spade finesse, and when that lost he was down one. South could have im- proved on his play slightly, and thereby made the con- tract. After cashing the ace and king of trumps, he should immediately ruff dummy's remaining club. Now he cashes the king of diamonds and leads a dia mond toward the ace. It no longer helps West to ruff, so declarer continues by taking the ace and finessing the ten of diamonds. AH that remains is to throw West on lead with his trump trick With nothing in his hand but black cards. West is left with a choice of can either return a club, giving declarer a ruff and sluff, or lead a spade into declarer's ace-jack tenace. Either way. declarer ends up with no loser in spades. Ask Andy THE UAKARI Andy sends a complete 20- volume set of the Merit Students Encyclopedia to Katherine Lenore Sharpe, age 11. of Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, for her question: Is there an animal called the uakari? The uakari is indeed a real live animal. Chances are, you Would never suspect that his name is pronounced wakari. What's more, not many people have ever seen him. He is quite a rare animal, and his native home is high in the treetops of remote equatorial jungles, where none but the boldest explorers dares to venture The Amazon jungles of South America are tangled with thickets and vines, adorned with bright fruits and exotic blossoms. Gaudy birds carry on raucous conver- sations while a vast assort- ment of fascinating monkeys chatters among the branches. One of these monkeys is the uakari, seldom seen because he is rather rare and hard to spot in the gloom of the overhanging jungle. Most of the South American monkeys are small fellows with long prehensile tails, used to grasp the branches as they swing through the trees. The uakari also is a small monkey but he does not have the long prehensile tail possessed by most other monkeys in his neighborhood His head and body may measure 18 inches, but his 6- inch tail is hardly worth men- tioning, and he cannot use it to help him swing through the boughs He is skinny and spidery with a long shaggy coat of coarse brown hair. He has clever hands and feet, but the most remarkable thing about him is his head. The average uakari has a bare face and a bald or almost bald head. Sometimes there are few sparse hairs around the sides of his head or tufts that look like thick earmuffs. His face may be black or pinkish red, depending upon where he lives in the mysterious Amazon jungle. He uses his clever hands to gather fruits and nuts, seeds and tender leaves. He holds his food daintily and securely while he takes bite after bite. When not feasting or sleeping, he enjoys romping through the trees, often in wild 20-foot leaps He usually shares his carefree life with a troop of 100 or so friends and relatives. Once in a while the uakari descends to the jungle floor. He walks on all fours in a rather clumsy fashion with hands turned outward. Not much is known about his fami- ly life in the wild state. And those that live in zoos never produce offspring. A captive uakari is a friend- ly fellow and seems to enjoy life in a zoo. He invents various sliding games and per- forms sprightly antics for his human audiences. One of his best tricks is the back somer- sault, which he repeats again and again. It's too bad that we don't know more about his family life, especially the lit- tle ones. But these secrets are concealed in the remote Amazon jungle. Questions asked by chil- dren of Herald readers should be mailed to Ask Andy, P.O. Box. 765, Huntington Beach, California 92648. (Copyright Chronicle Publishing Co. 1973) Your horoscope By Jeane Dixon Your birthday today: You'll remember this "as "the year everything happened." Decide when to jettison whatever has outlived its place in your life. Keep things simple. Obligations undertaken now become grave burdens later. Today's natives know in- tuitively that success is most- ly systematic hard work plus a touch of luck (which isn't really that at ARIES (March 21-April In today's revisions of local situations, everybody has to contribute something beyond cash. In-laws show unex- pected responses. Be prepared' TAURUS (April 20-May What would have been just the thing to do under recent con- ditions isn't so now. Don't be stubborn about necessary changes and discussions. GEMINI (May 21-June Your creative side leads you into adventures nobody an- ticipates. Be explicit in telling people just what you want them to hear. Romance thrives. CANCER (June 21-July Work now proceeds apace on confidential projects. Deal with institutions and their ac- counts by mail. Home life is better: share the joy! LEO (July 23-Ang. Keep budgets intact and your affairs disentangled from the enterprises of friends. Romantic attraction is quite strong. VIRGO (Ang. 23-Sept. Earning capacity increases at a good rate. A once-successful contact can be renewed Bridge the gap between your wishes and the preferences of friends. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. Be definite in your demands, even where you have doubt of what may come of them. Ad- vice from experts is merely a basis for your own study. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. Instead of a head-on confron- tation, sort out minor issues one by one. tidy them up piece by piece The big questions are thus open to solution. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22- Dec. It's a time for evolv- ing relationships. You have more fnends than you knew but some clashes exist learn to cope with this reality CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. The day includes physical labor, perhaps a great deal, but nothing else quite works out for your success. Check facts and figures as you go. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. Professional advice is helpful but is only one factor. Today is a grand time for intellectual explorations Pur- suit of romance. PISCES (Feb. 29-March Your enthusiasm for tackling budget revisions should attract some cooperation. Communications are confused, but the general scene is good. Fun with figures By J. A. H. HUNTER "Joe checked our sales of those 97 brushes before he said Sam, pointing to a piece of paper on the desk. "That's all he left me." Glen looked. "What a mess. It's so smudged I can't read anything of the total he exclaimed "And two digits of the amount we took are quite illegible "That's right" agreed Sam. "I read it as two something zero six dollars and something one cents." How many had been sold? LIKE TO rx? WriEN TiA. THROU6M TRAVEL? WRITE? HAVJM GJTTIW' UP 2 CALL TH' STEWARDESS TMMIWEBS OUESTJOW is: ON LUCK'S HEAP? THE QUESTION IS: ;