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Doctors Give Comments A Boston otolaryngologist charged here Monday that there are certain drugs and chemicals which cause permanent learing loss. Dr. Harold F. Schuknecht cited as examples, the mycin [rugs, particularly kanamycin, and nitrogen mustard, when perfused through the body in cancer treatment. The ear, nose and throat specialist, who is professor of otolaryngology at the Harvard University Medical School, said the same drugs and chemicals also cause temporary dizziness. Asked why such drugs are used, Dr. Schuknecht replied "Sometimes they spell the difference between life and death.' The otolaryngologist was a (Doctors' wives launch new venture to assist in field of spiritual health. Story in Sec. 3, Page 9.) featured speaker at the open ing of the four-day convention of the Southern Medical As sociation which is attracting ap proximately 10,000 persons to the Municipal Auditorium. OTHER COMMENTS Interviewed between conven tion sessions, other speakers said: 1. Since many asthma patients grow worse during storms weather changes might well be responsible for New. Orleans violent asthmatic outbreaks. 2. X-ray changes in the skeletal structures of mistreated children are so different from any other changes they help doctors track down those responsible for" mistreatment. 3. You use up more calories walking for an hour than you do playing tennis or playing football for an hour. 4. Cancer of the lining of the womb has the highest cure^rate of any form of organ cancer. 5. Steroids can prove life-sav-ng in treating severe cases of asthma. 6. The magic in reducing lies not in the doctor, not in the diet or the pills but in the patient himself. In discussing hearing loss resulting from use of certain drugs and chemicals, Dr. Schuknecht said the hearing loss Isn't complete but that it is definitely permanent. The dizziness resulting from use of these drugs, however, is temporary, added the Harvard' professor. Discussing dizziness in gen- j era!, Dr. Schuknecht said in j Menieres' disease there is a swelling and rupture of the memforance of thev inner ear. He said it is actually the rup- I ture which causes the patient j to suffer from such severe diz- j zy spells. "What causes the rupture and] swelling? Actually we do not] know," said the otolaryngologist/ Dr. Schuknecht said the most common form of dizziness is positional dizziness. He said the patient suffers from this type of dizziness only when his head is a certain position. HARMLESS DIZZINESS "He may be lying in bed feeling fine," added the ear, nose and throat specialist.-"But let him roll over and change the position of his head and the dizziness will start. This type of dizziness could be caused by the presence of loose crystals of calcium in the inner ear. These crystals are the result of degenerative changes in the inner ear. Actually this form of dizziness is quite harmless. But it is definitely a nuisance." The visiting physician said sometimes the dizziness is caused by a tumor. He said the ear specialist begins to suspect tumor as a cause if the patient shows certain neurological symptoms. Dr. John M. Sheldon, Ann Arbor Mich., evinced considerable interest Monday in New Orleans' current asthma problem. "I wish I knew what caused these violent outbreaks in your city," said the physician, who is chairman of post-graduate I medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School. AIR POLLUTION The physician said air pollution, of course, plays an import-I ant role in asthma *as do fumes. ! He said his asthma patients invariably get worse during a | storm, which makes him suspect i weather changes as a possible | cause of the outbreaks. Dr. Sheldon said many asthmatics can smoke cigarettes without suffering too much harm. But with others, smoking is positively dangerous, he added. The physician said some asthmatics can't tolerate extreme heat or extreme cold. Others are allergic to a cat or a dog. "In such cases the answer is simple — %et rid of the ani mal," Dr. Sheldon added. "0 if pollen is causing the trouble all you have to do is immunizi the patient by giving him an in jection. Our trouble begins wher we can't figure out what is ac tually causing the asthma." Dr. Sheldon said steroids ar ofteri used as life-savers ywhil doctors are trying to track dow the cause of the disease. B said some people can tak steroids all of their lives wit no harmful effects. With oth ers, he explained, there ma be a demineralization of bone or development of a moon fac or hair on the face. . SKELETAL CHANGES Another convention speaker predicted that it will become increasingly hard for adults to mistreat children and go undetected. Dr. John Caffey of Denver, iolo., said not only have three states adopted laws making such mistreatment punishable but that X-rays of skeletal changes in mistreated youngsters definitely point tKe finger at the culprits. Dr. Caffey said the changes which occur in the skeletal structures of a child following a severe beating are different from any other changes. "Our major concern, of course, is to alert the medical profession to this danger," added the physician, who is professor emeritus at Columbia University College of Surgeons and Physicians. Dr. Caffey said since the skeletal changes in the child are sometimes the only method of detection the private practitioner should get together with the radiologist. HELD KEY MAN "The radiologist is the key man," added Dr. Caffey, who is also visiting professor pediatrics and radiology at the University of Colorado Medical School "The radiologist musf stand his ground firmly even in face o the medical history of the case You can't depend on the med ical history, since parents who would beat their child woudn't admit it when giving the his-' tory." Dr. Caffey said such mistreatment is usually more common in adopted children or in children of second marriages. He said it often happens to children who have been farmed out to foster homes; that it could happen in an orphanage if the director is a sadistic type of human being.
|Title||'Drugs' danger noted by medic; Doctors give comments|
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Kennedy, Charles Barrett, Dr.
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Southern Medical Association
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