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August 18, 1978 - Image 19

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1978-08-18

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Friday, Avgast 18, 1978 19

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Out of the Hospital?

By DAVID SCHWARTZ

(Copyright 1978, JTA, Inc.)

We intend to think that
prejudice is universal — I
am here to challenge this.
There are the hospitals.
They free us of other phsy-
cial diseases, but it is not
recognized that they may
also be freeing us of that
pernicious mental disorder,
prejudice.
I have just emerged from
a couple of hospitals and I
am glad to report that the
path to the ideal state of
freedom— from which must
issue the world of brother-
hood — is being cleared in
the hospitals.
First, I was at Beth Israel
in New York. This was
founded some 90 years back
by some poor religious Jews.

Today, Beth Israel is im-
mense — almost a city in
itself but it still adheres
to the religious principles of
its founders. You cannot get
the forbidden non-kosher
foods in Beth Israel, al-
though the patients are of
all faiths. Also, you cannot
get milk dishes with meat.
Kashrut is observed and the
patients, regardless of faith,
seem to have no trouble eat-
ing kosher food.
After all, dieting today
is a fundamental of all
medicine, but Jews were
the first to practice it.
What is said about the pa-
tients applies to other
areas. There are doctors
of many faiths in Beth Is-
rael, including a
Japanese doctor who is

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Dutch to Show
`Holocaust' Series

AMSTERDAM (JTA) —
The Dutch TROS broad-
casting Organization has
decided in principle to buy
the NBC-TV series
"Holocaust" for showing in
Holland. The series will be
shown by TROS, probably
only in 1979.
The Flemish television
BRT broadcasting organi-
zation will be the first to
show "Holocaust" on the
Continent, starting Sept.
13.
In Chicago the U.S. Office
of Education was urged, in a
resolution adopted by dele-
gates to the 51st annual
convention of the Ladies
Auxiliary of the Jewish War
Veterans, to prepare a syl-
labus on the Holocaust for
nationwide distribution.
The delegates also urged
that the Postal Service issue
a commemorative stamp in
honor of the Jews perse-
cuted by the Naxis.
Robert Mulholland,
president of the NBC
television network, was
presented with the or-
ganization's public ser-
vice award for the NBC
telecast in April of its
four-part series,
"Holocaust."
The series led all prog-
rams in the 1977-78 season
with 16 Emmy nomina-
tions.

regarded as the world's
foremost specialist in his
field, and a number of
Chinese doctors.
I was surprised to see the
number of Oriental physi-
cians on the staff. The
Chinese, of course, have a
long medical history.
Chinese doctors are sup-
posed to be very good. There
is, for example, the story of
the sick girl. Her father cal-
led an American doctor. He
came, did his work, but the
girl was not cured. Then he
called a German, a French
and Italian doctor, in turn.
They all came, did their
work, but the girl was no
better. Then he called a
Chinese doctor. He didn't
even come and the girl was
cured.
is spo-
of
ken by most patients, what-
ever their origin. At Beth
Israel, one doctor told me
they found a strongly en-
crusted Yiddishist who in-
sisted on a doctor speaking
Yiddish. Finally, one such
was brought and asked the
patient what his trouble
was. He answered: "Doctor,
ich bin aufgeshtannen mit a
stomach ache. Ich hob
gemeint es ist good-bye
Charlie."
Not only are the hospitals
untainted by prejudice, they
are free of many forms of
prudery found in ordinary
life. As I was lying in my
bed, I saw from afar a pretty
young woman in white. I
thought to myself, I would
like to have a date with her.
Then she approached my
bed. "Have you had a bowel
movement?" she asked. "Is
that a nice question," I
asked, "for a lady to ask a
gentleman?"
They talk of many other
things in the hospitals. I
had thought that infla-
tion was one of the great
problems, but at Burke's
Rehabilitation Center,
where I went on leaving
Beth Israel, I found that
inflation was a piker
compared to crossing

your legs. If you cross
your legs, a nurse will
quickly run up to you and
warn you. Crossing the
legs, she will tell you, in-
terferes with the circula-
tion of your blood.
It is estimated that of the
200 million Americans, 90
percent sit with their legs
crossed at least 30 minutes
a day. Imagine what a boon
to circulation it would be if
you could get people just to
keep from crossing their
legs. The whole country
might witness a new re-
birth, yet nothing is said
about crossing the legs
either in the Democratic or
Republican Party plat-
forms.
I think, generally speak-
ing, that Jews are a little
more health conscious than
other peoples. The Talmud
says one should not live in a
town in which there is no
doctor.
There is the old story
about Chayim and Berel.
"Berel," said Chayim,
"you can't have the least
idea of my troubles. My
wife has left me for
another man. My daugh-
ter has run away with a
good-for-nothing fellow
who can't make a living,
business is terrible, I
can't pay my rent. My
creditors are threatening
me."
"Abi gesund," responded
Berel.

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