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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 16, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 18 THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD Wrtnmday, October 16, 1974 New drug blocks bad memories of surgery WASHINGTON (AP) Doctors are experimenting with a memory erasing drug that can rid a surgical patient of unplea- sant recollections about the operating room Called Lorazepam, the drug still is experimental and available only for medical research. When administered intravenously before surgery, a patient can remain awake in the operating room under a local anesthetic and not remember the experience "Anesthesiologists frequently are faced with a situation where they prefer to have patients awake while anesthetized with a regional block technique However, the patient desires to have no recall of the operating room or even leaving the hospital said Dr David Heisterkamp of the University of Colorado medical centre in Denver Heisterkamp and Dr. Peter Cohen, also of the University of Colorado, reported on their research Tuesday during a meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists The doctor said the drug is under consideration by the United States Food and Drug Administration If it eventually becomes more widely available, Heisterkamp and Cohen said it might find other applications in medicine where blocking recall of the trauma connected with medical treatment would benefit a patient. The drug has been available abroad under the trade name Atiban for several years, the doctors said. It has been used largely as a sedative. The Colorado doctors have studied nearly 100 patients Their report Tuesday was about results with the first 69 Patients were given the drug 45 minutes before surgery Thirty minutes later they-were shown a double-size picture of a dollar bill and asked to describe it. Then they underwent surgery in which they remained awake under a local anesthetic. During surgery the patients were asked if they recalled the dollar bill and again 24 hours later A group of control patients not given lorazepam also were shown the dollar bill and asked to recall it Those administered the drug at 5-milligram doses had no recall at all. Most of those receiving 3-milligram doses also had no recall Control patients had perfect recall, the doctors said. Still uncertain is what side effects the drug might have. Mild adverse reactions were seen in two patients, the doctors said. Man charged in wife's death million in insurance said murder motive Lord of the grotto Albert, 400 pound patriarch of the lowland gorillas, picture in San Diego's zoo. Now 25, he was born in the father of a female named Alvila. sits regally Congo and for a is the LONDON, Ont. (CP) A Si-million insurance policy and an extra marital romance will be reviewed in evidence at the murder trial of Peter Demeter as possible motives in the death of his wife, chief prosecutor John Greenwood said Tuesday in Transplant patient pacemaker RICHMOND, Va. (Renter) Surgeons at the medical college of Virginia Hospital have Implanted a pacemaker in Louis Russell Jr., the world's longest living heart transplant patient. Russell, 49, an industrial arts teacher from In- dianapolis, Ind., was reported in satisfactory condition and good spirits by Dr.'Eric Kemp, a hospital cardiologist who has been treating Russell. The operation, performed Saturday, implanted a perma- nent pacemaker, intended to help Russell's heart pump blood. Russell entered hospital on Oct. 7, after he reported feel- ing weak. An electrocar- diogram test showed fluc- tuations in his heartbeat. The Instant Coffee thafs fighting high food costs! outlining the Crown's case to the jury. Mr. Greenwood told the jury there is no doubt that Demeter, a Mississauga, Ont., builder, "planned and in- tended" the murder of his wife shortly after their marriage in 1967. Demeter, 41, is charged with murder punishable by life imprisonment in connec- tion with the death of his wife, Christine, at their home last July 18, 1973. The charge is that Demeter committed murder by having a person or persons unknown kill his wife. The woman's body was dis- covered by Demeter about p.m. that night in a gar- age adjoining the house. He was returning from a shopp- ing trip to Toronto with several house guests. An autopsy report revealed that Mrs. Demeter died from several blows to the head. The jury was present in the trial for the first time (it was picked Sept 24) because of a voir dire hearing into the ad- missibility of evidence The trial was moved to London because of publicity in the Toronto area. Mr. Greenwood said the facts will show that Demeter was about 22 miles from the scene of the crime but that the Crown contends he counselled and procured a person or per- sons to kill his wife. The Crown attorney tdld the jury that Demeter went with house guests on a shopping trip from about p.m to 9-45 p.m. July 18 and that one of the guests talked to Mrs. Demeter about p.m He said the evidence will show that on two occasions during the shopping trip, Demeter was alone for a brief period of time. Mrs. Demeter's body was revealed in the headlights of the Mercedes car driven by the accused when an automatic device in the car raised the garage door The body was lying on the floor of the two-car garage beside a Hail the winner! Of all leading brands, Nabob Instant is the one that most often costs less when you buy. Nabob tastes best- so it adds upto your best instant coffee value. parked Cadillac, said Mr. Greenwood. The body was lying in a "significant amount of blood" and pictures introduced later in evidence showed blood covering a large section of the floor, he told the jury. No murder weapon was found and there was no robbery Mr. Greenwood said Mrs. Demeter's long, backless dress and her un- derwear had not been dis- turbed. An autopsy the next day revealed multiple blows to the rear of the head which caused multiple fractures, the Crown attorney said Mr. Greenwood told the court that prior to the 1967 marriage, Demeter had a strong attachment for an Austrian model, Marina Hundt, but the girl had not reciprocated his feelings Asa result, Demeter married Christine, also a fashion model in Austria But Demeter's feelings toward Marina Hundt con- tinued, and 'were finally reciprocated early in 1973 when she visited Demeter for five days in Canada said Mr. Greenwood. Following Mr. address to the jury, Constable Glenn Lumber testified a man who identified himself as D. Demeter called at p.m. on July 18 and reported an ac- cident in his garage. Constable Lumber said the man was excited and hard to understand at first, but then gave his name and address. Under cross examination, Constable Lumber quoted the man as saying his wife was bleeding, that there had been a terrible accident, and to please hurry After testimony by the police dispatcher, the jury was excused for another voir dire hearing concerning the admissibility of photographs as evidence. Mr. Justice Campbell Grant informed the jury when it returned that he had admitted some and rejected others. The trial continues today. Sweden's PM optimistic on relations with Canada STOCKHOLM (AP) Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme, who is to make an of- ficial visit to Canada later this week, said in an interview Monday that he is going to a country with which "there are no problems but a lot of oppor- tunities in our bilateral relations." Palme, the first Swedish prime minister ever to visit Canada, will start his five-day visit with a short stop-over in Montreal Thursday. From there he will precede to Ot- tawa for talks with Prune Minister Pierre Trudeau and then to Winnipeg, Victoria and Vancouver, where he will meet with provincial leaders and representatives for some Canadians of Swedish ancestry. Palme will visit Canada on a personal invitation from Prime Minister Trudeau, issued at a seminar on the global future in Salzburg, Austria, last February when the two leaders met for the first time. Emerging with the same image as dynamic intellec- tuals and internationalists, Trudeau and Palme have often been linked together. They are also two Western prime ministers who have been longest in only ones left from the Palme said. Palme took office in October, 1969, a little more than a year after Trudeau. IDEOLOGY NO BARRIER Palme, 47, father of three sons and with a solid upper- class background that his opponents sometimes use against him in vulgar debate, is a Social Democrat who puts heavy emphasis on "democratic while Trudeau is a Liberal. However, the Swedish leader said he does not fed that this difference in political ori- entation is an obstacle to their personal relationship. "There are so many sim- ilarities at least in our inter- national outlook that we shouldn't let possible ideological differences hamper our Palme stressed the many similarities between Canada and Sweden. "Both are developed indus- trial countries with rich, rich natural resources, similar cli- mate. We have very much of a common outlook on major international questions and we have very much of a common outlook on major international questions and we have thus closely co-operated in the U.S." The main subject of his talks with Tnideau will be a wide range" of international issues and also "possible ways of improving our bilateral Palme said. HAVJ: COMMON ATTITUDES About the recent discussions in Canada on whether it should orient its foreign policy to the left, a debate where Sweden has often been mentioned as an example, Palme said that "it's for the Canadians to decide upon their own policy. I can only note that we have a common attitude on a great many problems in the United notably disar- mament, peacekeeping, satellites and the envi- ronment. But he noted differences in the field of security policy. "Canada is a member of an alliance and we are not. That's naturally he said referring to the fact that Sweden is not a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Small countries like Canada and Sweden played an impor- tant role in the UN and in international politics as a whole. "Too much domination from the major powers might, although I am greatly in favor of detente, imply certain dangers for the small countries and their possibility to carry on an independent policy. Therefore, it is natural for them to co-operate and try to internationalize the issues within the framework of the UN." HIGHEST-LOWEST In 1971, the highest bank rate was that of Brazil at 20 per cent and the lowest, that of Morocco at 3% per cent ;