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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 31, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 40-THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Wednesday, October 31, 1973 Doctors can be bad for your health TORONTO (CP) A soon- to-be-published book by a To- ronto physician says doctors can be bad for your health. In Dr. Andrew Malleson's Need Your Doctor Be So Use- less? the 42-year-old physician contends that health is far too important a matter to be left to medical practitioners. Medical doctors are tradi- tion-bound, inadequately trained, and more interested in treatment than in pre- vention because treatment as- sures profitable repeat busi- ness. Dr. Malleson says. Soon to be published by Methuen Publications, the book. Dr. Malleson says, will likely make him one of the least popular members of the Canadian Medical Associ- ation. It has already caused a stir in professional circles in the United Kingdom, where it was recently published. Dr. Malleson, came to Can- ada four years ago after train- ing and practising as a general practitioner, internist and psychiatrist in the United Kingdom. He now heads the crisis intervention centre at Toronto's Queen Street Men- tal Health Centre. He says mistreatment of patients is responsible for thousands of cases cf "dis- eases of medical caused by prescribing anti- quated, useless and harmful medicines. Coughs, colds, infections, insomnia, diarrhea and con- stipation are often treated with major antibiotics that are capable of inducing fatal side-effects in some patients. "Most of the standard treat- ments prescribed by GPs for minor physical illness not only confound the principles of scientific medicine, but are contrary to common he says. A cup of hot tea would be more effective in some cases. Doctors and patients often engage in elaborate games of make-believe, the book says. The doctor pretends that he can cure a great many condi- the patient sub- scribes whole-heartedly to this belief. "Medicine is taking the place of the church in provid- ing reassurance and it is us- ing the mystique of science to do so." he said in an inter- view. "I wrote the book to encour- age the medical profession to re-examine the way they're practising medicine. I want to stir things up." He says doctors tend to ig- nore prevention of illness and to concentrate instead on treatment of symptoms. "Cigarettes, alcohol, physi- cal inactivity and overeating are the major contributors to several of the leading causes of death, yet medicine has lit- tle help to offer for these self- induced conditions." Toronto doctors are unac- customed to thinking in terms of prevention, he contends, and he is consequently pessi- mistic about the future of medical services here. Doctors do comparatively little to change the lifestyle of their patients, Dr. Malleson says. Instead, they keep treat- ing symptoms. As an example he men- tioned the prescribing of tran- quillizers for an obese patient who is feeling uncomfortable. The "fee for service" sys- tem encourages shoddy treat- ment by doctors because it is lucrative to have the patient repeatedly in the office for further "treatment of the symptoms, not the disease. Dr. Malleson contends that psychiatry is in a muddle be- cause doctors fail to dis- tinguish between people with brain disease and people whose aberrant behavior is due to faulty training in early life. A disproportionate number of psychiatrists are in private practice, looking after mid- dleclass neurotics, many of whom are not seriously ill, he says. "The sickest mental patients are in mental hospi- tals and most psychiatrists are not very anxious to look after them." Canadian doctors are af- flicted by an excessively pa- ternalistic attitude that ac- tually harms some patients such as alcoholics. "We're giving the impres- sion that alcoholism is a sick- ness which the doctor can cure. So the patient waits for the doctor to cure him. Ac- tually, recovery is the ulti- mate responsibility of the patient. "One reason Alcoholics Anonymous is so successful is that it is not run by doctors. It emphasizes self-help.'' Scientists helped by ape tests ATLANTA (AP) Tests conducted with great apes are helping scientists learn more about such human problems as drug abuse, alcoholism, personality development and family relationships. The world's biggest colony of captive chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans is housed at Yerkes Regional Primate Research Centre at Emory University here, the only one which specializes in working with great apes. Centre scientists study the apes to find solutions to human physical, social and mental problems. The apes are astonishingly similar to man in structure, physiology and behavior. 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Telephone 328-9231 Vancouver Cdmonfon Normal Precipitation 4 4 O 4 Mixed weather British Columbia and the Prairies are expected to receive below-normal temperature readings for the first-half of November, with the rest of the country receiving normal or above-normal readings, according to the 30-day weather outlook of the United States Weather Bureau. Precipitation is expected to be moderate in the West and heavy in the East. This is not a specific forecast and changes may occur. CAREER ACCOUNTANT Progressive, diversified Lethbridge organization requires the services of an accountant who will report to the Controller. The job will entail all monthly accounting functions up to and including financial statement review and an- alysis, as well as assistance in the preparation of year- end financial statements and participation in the long range planning and budgeting processes. The successful candidate will have some formal ac- counting training related experience. will be familiar with EDP systems and their operation and will be a self motivated individual who is willing to accept responsibility and function with a mini- mum of supervision. Salary open with a full range of company benefits. Our staff is aware of this opening. Reply to Box 13, Lethbridge Herald Service Manager required! We require a hard working, self-motivated service manager for a Chrysler dealership. We are in a growing market and offer a great opportunity for the person who is knowledgeable in administration, warranty policy and service shop operation. Excellent earning opportunity plus group medical and life insurance. Apply in person or send complete job resume and availability to: KEN ROBISON Kino CHRYSLER DODGE LTD. P.O. Box 1180 LETHBRIDGE, Alberta CREDIT CAREER Are you an aggressive individual with experience in Accounting7 WE REQUIRE: OFFICE-CREDIT MANAGERS Who car, maintain a strict control on credit Applicants should have ex- perience in credit collections Relocation in various communities throughout Western Canada Career offers good salary, commensurate witn experience; chance for advancement, full range of fringe benefits For further information and a personal interview reply without delay to. Box No. 5, Lethbridge Herald C Your future is here xUbcfta OOVCRNMENT OF ALilBTA ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (PROGRAM SERVICES) MANPOWER SERVICES This senior administrative position within the Program Services Division of the Department of Advanced Ed- ucation, Edmonton, responsible for program leader- ship of the Technical Institute and Alberta Vocation- al Centre Systems; and in cooperation with institutional heads and other senior divisional personnel for the design and delivery of post-secondary education ser- vices. University degree and appropriate post-grad- uate study. Progressively responsible managerial experience. Salary range 576. Closes October 31, 1973. Competition Number 5664-2. AppLY. of Alberta Personnel Administration Office Main Floor, Centennial Building 10015-103 Avenue, T5J OH4 Or: Room 500 Terrace Building Edmonton. Alberta. T5K 2C1_________ ;