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THE $UMMER DAILY

Page Nine

DOE DECISION
Psychosurgery banned

(Continued trons affe 1),
the use of behavior modification
techniques and drug therapy in
mental institutions and prisons.
"THIS MEANS the bullshit idea
of high benefit versus low risk
in treatment tny for the first
time become a functional con-
cept," Kaimowitz said. "The bur-
den is on the professionals now,
not the people."
Because of this decision and
several research ethics scandals,
Kaimowitz contended, the Senate:
health subcommittee will be able
to come up with "soundly-based
legislation protecting people from
intrusions on their minds and
bodies."
Lafayette Clinic neurosurgeon
Ernst Rodin, who originally pro-
posed the experimental surgery
on Doe, declined to comment on
the panel's decision yesterday.
"I'M DONE with John Doe,"
Rodin said. "I've had plenty of
grief and I want no more."
Tom DeLoach, information of-
ficer for the state Department of
Mental Health, said yesterday the
state has no plans to appeal the
decision. The department's grant
of $228,400 for Rodin's project
was withdrawn three months ago
by State Director of Mental
Health E. G. Yudashkin, De-
Loach said.

While DeLoach claimed the
state has performed no psycho-
surgical operations "in recent
history," Doe's attorney Robert
Burt pointed out that statistics on
the practice are impossible to
compile because neurosurgeons
are not required to report the
operations.
'The burden is on the pro-
fessionals now, not the
people.'
-Kaimowitz
LOCALLY, the panel's decision
seems likely to have little effect.
University Hospital spokesman
Joseph Owsley said yesterday the
Medical Center never performs
psychosurgery.
"We don't practice it and don't
advocate it," Owsley explained.
CITY PSYCHIATRIST Richard
Kunnes, however, did not share
Kaimowitz's optimism over the
effects of the decision.
"Just because Gabe Kaimowitz
won this round of the case, the
practice isn't going to cease,
Kunnes remarked.
"The whole notion of psycho-
surgery ,and behavior modifica-
tion ultimately has political im-
plications."

HE C 1 A I M E D government
money was poured into research
on c.rbig aggression following
the Detroit snd Watts insurrec-
tions of the sixties. Such an ap-
proach "looks for violent indi-
viduals with brain damage rather
than seeing the obvious racism
and poverty which cause such
behavior," Kunnes said.
Doe is now at large, working
at a halfway house and awaiting
possible prosecution on charges
of first degree murder. tHis attor-
neys say such prosecution if pur-
sued by Kalamazoo officials is
unlikely to be successful.
Doe was released due to a pre-
vious decision by the Wayne
County court, which struck down
the state criminal sexual psycho-
path statute that authorized com-
mitment of Doe and about 25
others.
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Raid results in suit

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. OP)-An
Edwardsville man filed a $1.4
million suit yesterday claiming
federal narcotics agents broke in-
to his home, terrorized him and
put him in jail for four days.
It was the third allegation of
mistaken drug raids in southern
Illinois.
In a related development, the
government announced in Wash-
ington that it has suspended for
30 days without pay seven agents
involved in the two mistaken
raids in Collinsville last April.
IN A SUIT filed in U.S. Dis-
trict Court in Springfield, John
Meiners alleged agents from a
federal unit in St. Louis broke
into his farm home April 20,
placed a gun to his head, hand-
cuffed him and jailed him for
four days. His suit said he was
released without charge.
Meiners said the agents had no
warrant, ransacked his home and

fired their weapons during the
raid.
A spokesperson for the Drug
Enforcement Administration in
Washington said the Justice De-
partment was informed of the
allegations in mid-May and for-
warded the information to the
U.S. district attorney in Spring-
field.
The two raids in Collinsville
have resulted in a $1 million
damage suit against the govern-
ment by Mr. and Mrs. Herbert
Giglottlo and a $100,0001 suit by
Mr. and Mrs. Ionald Askew.
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