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January 12, 1968 - Image 25

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1968-01-12

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Leading Actors in Medical Drama

Blaiberg Condition
Improves Daily

CAPE TOWN-Dentist Dr. Philip
Blaiberg is expected to go home
from Grote Schuur Hospital in
three weeks, one month after his
heart transplant operation, the
second in medical history.
The first was Louis Washkan-
sky, who had been a patient of
Dr. Blaiberg in the South African
Medical Corns during World War
II. Mr. Washkansky, also a Jew,
died of pneumonia 18 days after
the transplant, which in itself was
Dr. Blaiberg saw his wife
Eileen Sunday for the first time
since the operation, although
their five-minute meeting was
separated by a window looking
into the germ-free room. The
heart that is now Dr. Blaiberg's

This photo of Dr. Philip Bla'berg was taken just before the
retired dentist underwent the historic, successful heart transplant
operation In Cape Town, South Africa. He is expected to leave the
hospital in three weeks.

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Danger to Ethics Warned by Surgeon

FRANKFURT - Nobel Prize- transplant patients being select-
winning German surgeon Dr. Wer- ed on the basis of wealth, in-
ner Forssmann warned in a news- fluential friends or politics.
"Unt'l now," wrote Dr. Forss-
paper article last week that human
heart transplants could violate mann, "only two persons-doctor
"the supreme commandment of and patient-were linked in medi-
surgery" and recalled the atroci- cal treatment. Now a third person
ties committed in Nazi concentra- is drawn into this venerable rela-
tion camps in the name of medi- tionship and this third person
must . . inevitably die.
cal science.
" He who operates under such
Dr. Forssmann wrote in Frank-
furter Allgemeine that the "loss preconditions," said Dr. Forss-
of moral substance" was too high menu, "ignores the supreme com-
a price to pay for heart trans- mandment of surgery, 'nil nocere'
plants. The article was written be- (Latin for harm
fore the second heart transplant
operation on Dr. Philip Blaiberg.
Dr. Forssmann, chief surgeon
of the Dusseldorf Evangelical
Hospital, said that heart trans-
plants raise the prospect of am-
bitious surgeons sacrificing the
lives of donor patients, criminals
being executed so that vital or-
fans can be transplanted and of

part Negro. They both had the
relatively uncommon blood type
B positive.
Doctors have encountered no
signs of infection, which killed Mr.
Wachkun.sky, or of rejection of the
heart by Dr. Blaiberg's body.
According to hospital bulletins,
Dr. Blaiberg has been bright and
cheerful, proceeding to a normal
diet and his condition "very satis-
(Three more operations have
been held since Dr. Blaiberg's.
The most recent, performed by Dr.
Andrew Kantorowitz on Louis
Block, was unsuccessful The heart,
from a 100-pound girl, was too
small for 170-pound Mr. Block,
who died Tuesday in New York.)


was transplanted froin a 24-
year-old man, a Mulatto. Before
the operation in race-couscous
South Africa, Dr. Blaiberg said
that it made no difference to
him that the donor had been

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Jill Blaiberg, 26, Dr. Blai-
berg's daughter, phones her
mother in Cape Town, before
returning to her classes in Haifa,
jubilant over the success of the

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Eileen Blaiberg, wife of heart
transplant patient Dr. Philip
Blaiberg, is staying In a furnish-
ed room at Groot* Schuur Hos-
pital, where the operation was
performed. She was allowed is
see her husband for the first
time Sunday-but only through
a window.

One Week Only

Toronto Teen's Refusal
to Shed Skullcap in
Class Starts Wrangle

(Direct JTA Teletype litre
to The Jewish News)

TORONTO - A Jewish 17-year-
old high school student has been
forbidden to wear a skull cap while
attending class because school
officials said it was in violation of
a department regulation prohibit-
ing religious symbols in a class-


The incident took place this week
at Bathurst Heights High School
in North York, a suburb here.
Sydney Midanik, chairman of the
community relations committee of
the Canadian Jewish Congress and
a member of the Canadian Cavil
liberties Association, protested on
behalf of the youth, Arnold Green-
spoon. He took the matter to North
York's department of education,
arguing that a skull cap is not a
religious symbol.
Jewish students at the school are
permitted to don skull caps only
in the cafeteria during their lunch
period. Said Murray Chusid, a
North York alderman, "The board
of education is wrong. The prin-
cipal is wrong and the regulation
is wrong."


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