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James C. Carney, M.D.
Scott G. Lewis, M.D.
and Michael G. Kizy, M.D.
Drs. Carney & Lewis, P.C.
What's It Mean?
MARSHALL FRANKLIN, M.D.
SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH NEWS
Medical textbooks are filled with
many tables, illustrations and
pictures. During the four years I
studied medicine at the Univer-
sity of Maryland, I leafed through
thousands of these pages. Some-
thing would have to be pretty
spectacular to catch my eye and
remain in my memory for 40
years after graduation.
If I didn't keep my diploma on
my office wall, I might forget what
it looked like. Yet there is one pic-
ture that was in a medical textbook
that is still floating in my head.
I can't remember the man's
face in the picture. What I do re-
member are his feet and hands.
His feet and legs, amputated
above the knees, were gone. His
left hand had no fingers; it was a
palm with no extensions.
I remember the right hand
the most. It had only two fingers.
Of all his digits, only the middle
and index fingers of his right
hand remained. He had just
these two fingers with which to
eat and pick up and manipulate
the utensils he needed to survive.
In this unforgettable picture,
what do you think he was hold-
ing in those last two fingers? It
was a cigarette. I still can't be-
lieve it. Ten toes, both legs and
eight fingers gone up in smoke,
and he used those last two digits
to continue the destruction.
This memorable gentleman
had a condition called Buerger's
disease. It predominantly affects
men 20 to 40 years of age who
smoke cigarettes. The chemicals
absorbed into the body from cig-
arette smoke damage small and
medium-size arteries. The ar-
teries gradually occlude, de-
stroying the tissue they feed.
Fingers and toes are the first to
go; then it moves centrally. Sec-
tions of limb are lost piecemeal.
My father-in-law was a pro-
fessional trumpet player and a
chain smoker. He spent the last
12 years of his life sucking on oxy-
gen to keep living. He didn't have
enough wind to make the music
we all loved so much. His broth-
er, also a heavy smoker, died of
lung cancer. My mother almost
lost her legs to cigarettes.
Many macho smokers from
the past have died from lung dis-
ease or cancer. In my 35 years of
cardiology practice I have taken
care of thousands of people who
smoked heavily and suffered
from heart and circulation dis-
orders because of it.
All this leads me to wonder
what the phrase "real smoking
Dr. Marshall Franklin is a San
Diego-based cardiologist who
writes for Copley News Service.
are pleased to announce that
Barbara J. Cingel, M.D.
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Joseph E. Oesterling, M.D.
Urologist-in-chief, director of the U-M Prostate Program
James E. Montie, M.D.
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Offering comprehensive adult
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Southfield, Michigan 48304
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