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September 06, 1974 - Image 8

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1974-09-06

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Dramatic Ruby Laser Research at Sinai Kahane Says Kissinger Policies

(Continued from Page 1)
actually cutting.
"The Ruby laser is unique,"
he said, "because it can
selectively effect tissue. The
beam of light from such a
laser passes through the
outer layers of the eye—such
as the cornea — causing no
effect at all. It then pene-
trates into the deep, inner
layers of the eye where it is
absorbed by the pigmentation
of the tissue we want to
treat: The heat of the laser
beam, in effect, `burns' the
undesirable tissue."
Dr. Beckman showed a
video tape of an actual opera-
tion in which the Ruby laser
was used • to surgically treat
a particular glaucoma condi-
tion.
Before the film, he noted
that the majority of glau-
coma conditions, "Are treated
adequately by drops or medi-
cation — or by standard sur-
gery. The Ruby laser is for
far more serious cases."
In the video tape a fully
conscious patient, with only a
local anesthetic administered
to her eye, was subjected to
a series of 32 "shots" from
the Ruby laser. The actual
operation was completed in
less than 15 minutes.
Each laser shot took only
1/200 of a second," said Dr.
Beckman. "Within a day of
the operation, the patient re-
sumed her normal living rou-
tine. We treat most of them
as out=patients, with no hos-
pitalization required in con-
nection with the operations."
Dr. Beckman explained
that, "In the glaucoma con-
ditions in which we use the
Ruby laser surgery, the eye
produces more fluid than can
be drained out of it properly.
"To simply understand,.
imagine you are standing at
a kitchen sink; the faucet is
running, the tub is filling, but
the drain is stuffed. Fluid
cannot leave the bowl and
more water is pouring in . .
Glaucoma is a condition like
that, occurring in the human
eye, producing heavy pres-
sures that cause a loss of
vision, and potentially lead-
ing to blindness."
He said that two kinds of
eye surgery techniques for
glaucoma are being employed
at Sinai using the Ruby laser.
In one of the operations —
the rarest — the Ruby laser
punches a minute hole in the
iris where blockage is oc-
curring, so that the eye fluid
can drain away. This proce-
dure has been used in only
a few cases.
In the second type of op-
eration, the Ruby laser beam
is directed at the ciliary
body, the fluid-producing tis-
sue of the eye. The purpose
is to reduce the amount of
fluid being produced, by pai-
tially destroying the ciliary
body. With this operation,
the amount of incoming fluid
is decreased, equalizing it to
the rate of out-flow.
Dr. Sugar, who is also clin-
ical professor of ophthal-
mology at Wayne State Uni-
versity School of Medicine,
said the special modification
of the Ruby laser has been
particularly effective in blind,
painful glaucomatic eyes.
Particularly," he noted "those
with so-called rubeosis, which
is frequently the result of
advanced diabetes, and the
Ruby laser has been good in
`last resort' instances, where

Institute of the National In-
stitutes of Health and re-
search funds from Sinai Hos-
pital.
A prototype model of the
carbon dioxide laser is now
being built and will be ready
for experimental trials later
this year.
Successful development of
a carbon dioxide laser will
hopefully provide a new tool
for treatment of many eye
conditions involving different
parts of the eyeball.
Dr. Piero P. Foa, chairman
of the department of research
at Sinai, said:
"Development of a carbon
dioxide laser will expand our
horizons far beyond a major
improvement in techniques
for eye surgery; the basic
application can be carried
over into other surgical tech-
niques."

DR. BECKMAN

further conventional treat-
ment or surgery is of no
avail."
Dr. Sugar cautioned that
the Ruby laser is still experi-
mental when viewed as a
`primary' procedure for sur-
gery on seeing eyes. "The
prospect of danger from ex-
cessive laser effect on seeing
eyes is subject to a great
deal of additional observation
before we can assess it with
any certainty."
Dr. Beckman noted that,
"Some patients operated on
with the Ruby laser could not
expect to undergo further
conventional surgery with
any good chances of success.
The Ruby laser technique
has proven- successful with
80 per cent of such patients."
Either of the two operations
takes 15 minutes or less, re-
quires only local anesthesia
for the patient, and patients
are generally back to their
normal routines by the next
day.
Dr. Beckman cited four ad-
vantages offered by Ruby
laser surgery when it is ap-
plicable to treating glaucoma
surgically:
1. No open wound and less
chance of infection.
2. Less hemorrhaging.
3. It can be employed in
some instances where con-
ventional surgical techniques
are not possible or desirable.
4. It can be used when re-
peated standard surgery has
failed.
Sinai Hospital supported
the Ruby laser research pro-
ject and funding was also
made available for the re-
search by the National Insti-
tute of Neurological Disease
and Blindness, of the National
Institutes of Health, through
a three-year grant of $90,000.
Dr. Beckman is now en-
gaged in the development of
a surgical carbon dioxide
laser.
This project is being funded
by a three-year long $75,000
grant from the National Eye

8—Friday, Sept. 6, 1974

Zuckerman Urges
5734 - Consecration
to Overseas Needs

.

NEW YORK — Paul Zuck-
erman, general chairman of
the United Jewish Appeal in
a Rosh Hashana appeal to
American Jewry, this week
urged "consecration to the
basic needs in Jewish life,"
especially "in remembrance
of those dark hours last year
when the solemnity and joy
of our prayer were shattered
by the roar of cannons and
gunfire spreading death and
destruction in Israel."
"It was," he declared, "as
if the entire Jewish people,
was under attack. Indeed,
the Yom Kippur War forged
a new Jewish consciousness
among us — we became a
family, a truly global Jewish
community.
`,`Let us remember that the
past lives in us, not we in
the past. Today we must act
for the living and build life.
There is much to be done.
Let us proclaim to the world
our faith in Klal Yisroel, and
demonstrate • through our
concerted action our unity
and our strength."
Zuckerman added:
"For the people of Israel
who continue to sacrifice so
that our dreams may live, for
the Soviet Jews who struggle
to reach the Promised Land,
for those who remain op-
pressed in foreign lands, and
for those at home who need
a helping hand — let it be
said that when the judgment
is written, the Jewish people
acted as one. All Israel is

Retribution is a vigilant
sleuth on life's highway, and
many try to slip the guard.

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Endangering Israel's Existence

NEW YORK (JTA) —
Rabbi Meir Kahane came to
New York City's garment
district Aug. 28 to launch
his campaign against the
policies of Secretary of State
Henry A. Kissinger which he
said were endangering the
safety of the state of Israel.
A lunchtime crowd of
nearly 200 applauded the
former Jewish Defense
League leader when he said,
"There will be no peace with
the Arabs• no matter how
much the State of Israel
gives back."
Speaking while standing
on top of the trunk of a 'car,
Kahane told the street cor-
ner crowd that he could not
understand why American
Jews were enamored of Kis-
singer simply because he
was the first Jew to serve as
secretaiiy of state. "Israel is
desperately afraid of Kissin-
ger," Kahane declare d,
charging that the secretary
was pressuring the Jewish
state to give up territories.
Kahane said- he would
lead a demonstr ation in
Washington Sept. 15 starting
at the White House and then
going to Kissinger's home
where he would tell the sec-
retary, "Henry, the honey-
moon is over."
Saying that Kissinger was
pursuing a policy of prag-
matism rather than morality,
Kahane charged Kissinger

Injured Reporter
Treated in Israel

JERUSALEM (JTA) —
Hearst newspapers' top Eur-
opean correspondent, -Serge
Fliegers, was operated on at
Hadassah Hospital for re-
moval of shrapnel received
in Cyprus during the fighting
there.
He was flown to Israel
from the British base in
Cyprus and helicoptered from
Ben Gurion Airport to Jeru-
salem. by the Israel Air
Force.

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with forcing Israel to wait
for the Arab attack in the
Yom Kippur War thus caus-
ing the death of 2,600 Israeli
soldiers, preventing Israel
from wiping out the Egyp-
tian army and then forcing
Israel to withdraw in the
Sinai and the Golan Heights.
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leading opponent of the Jack-
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depriving Soviet Jews of the
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