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University of Michigan
Editorials printed ih The Michigan daily express the individual
opinions of the author. This must be noted in al reprints.
FRIDAY, JUNE 2, 1972 News Phone: 764-0552

Acupuncture on trial

Digging oi the Diag
Crater retaliations
T HE UNIVERSITY'S threatened retaliation against the
protesters who dug simulated bomb craters on the
Diag two weeks ago came through yesterday with
arrest warrants for four suspected crater diggers.
And next Monday, if all goes well, the crater diggers
will deliver their retaliation to the University and the
city when hundreds of anti-war protesters parade down-
town and turn themselves in to be arrested too.
The original protest was deliberately set on the Diag
to increase the visibility of the craters and to indict the
University dramatically for its complicity with the war
We have here at the University and in the city lib-
eral leaders, particularly President Robben Fleming, who
publicly denounce the war from time to time yet still
condone actions like vesterday's arrests, which fit neatly
into the reoressive Nixon-Mitchell scheme for controlling
the anti-war movement.
NO MATTER how much anyone may sneak out against
the war, speech alone cannot disengage the Uni-
versity from the war effort.
What could force the University to cease its war in-
volvement-especially the war research which quietly
continues desnite the public outcries against It-is a
massive protest campaign including more actions like
digging on the Diag.
Those for whom these arrest warrants have been
issued renresent but a tiny fraction of those who par-
ticipated in the actual crater die'ing. Each of them
is a well known anti-war activist, easily identifiable as a
political target.
It is not fair that these four susnects should bear the
brunt of the University's hostility toward the demonstra-
tions, which safety director Frederick Davids says in-
volved nrimarily "off-emous bums." Ironic it is, then,
that three of the four "bums" named in yesterday's war-
rants were students.
To demonstrate sridsrity with the four symbolic
victims of the University's arrest camnai n as well as
continued dis'ust with the war-and our University's
role in that war-all local "bums," students or not, should
mobilize quickly and in massive numbers.
It is imperative that a laree 'roup of protesters
accompany the four named in yesterday's warrants when
they trek downtown Monday.
JOIN TOGETHER, right now, to help end this senseless
war-in the fields of Indochina and the streets of
America, too.
Summer Staff

Jim Neubacher is a former
Editorial Page Editor who
writes for the Detroit Free Pr
R. JOHN FOX is a m
makes pain go away.
job, as an anesthesiologist
that so surgery can be pet
com-ifortably ' and efficien
Downstate Medical Cen
On May 15, he did that
bing needles into a volunt
tient. Long needles. Tx
sharp needles.
Acupuncture. The pain
"There's nothing my
about it." he said .last wee
interview. "There are net
siological reasons for it
can read about lots of the
and mystery that is supp
accompany it, Yin and Ya
all that. But acupuncture w
anyone, by way of the
nervous system."
Acupuncture is the to
Chinese technique of curi
and medical ills by inserti
needles into the body in t
per spots, and in the prop
binations. Dr. Fox is not s
it works, only that it doe
But it is a technique lar
nored in the Western wor
especially in the modern
oriented culture we now
Needles today are usually
ed only if they carry a iqu
tion of chemicals into ou
that will numb our painc
our consciousness.
a way out of that drug
for it can be used as an
tic to kill pain sensation
puncture analgesia - or
physical ills - general
"My operation was the
one of the first in the Unit
es to use acupuncture ana

R said Dr. Fox, assistant professor self, m
SDaily of anesthesiology at Downstate. anesthet
o1w "It was a biopsy of the tonsil the Ear
on.a medical student who volun- ment S
an who teered. This was an operation done of anes
It s -his periodically and before (the stu- and thrc
, to do dent had e topical local anesthe- "Aftet
rformed tic sprayed on " felt thet
tly at Dr. Fox eschewed the chemicals, would
ter in and instead, applied the 1 o n g , DR. F
thin, sterile needets in each hand valid at
by jab- and foot of the patient at points and he
eer pa- known by the Chinese as the Hoku ceptanc
iretiety tind Netting peints. alternet
The needles were rotated for 20 "Medi
e'ent minutes, then the biopsy was per- tosis at
formed. The student volunteer, ness. T
steritts Frederic Newman, 23, reported af- New Y
k n ter the operation that he "felt usually,
uro-phy- virtually no pain or discomfort." or dent
. You ."I am an American, the pa- patients
Youd tient was an American, we import- "Acup
legend ed no Chinese or Taiwanese ad- be lega
ng, tnd visors or assistants or observers," ensedp
.n, an Dr. Fox noted. "We were able to it's a re
'orbs on duplicate what the Chinese have pecially
reported. That is the test of medi- thesia,"
cal knowledge - that you report "We1
ng-used and describe the technique, and hospital
ng pain others test it on their own." trialso
ng long BEFORE GIVING Frederic niques.
he pro- Newman the needle, Dr. Fox stu- for the
er com- died the technique thoroughly, and were re
ure how experimented on himself, his wife, and app
es. and his colleagues. "Now
gely ig- "The history of acupuncture in legally,
'ld, and this country goes back to May also at
d r u g- of last year," he says. peers.V
inhabit. It was then that two MIT pro- to limit
accept- fessors reported observing acu- other,.
td solu- puncture treatments in the Peo- "Now
i veins ple's Republic of China. offer it
or alter "I had heard of acupuncture in importa
Switzerland when I was a medi- main th
cal student," Dr. Fox said. "I got it doesn
to offer tin contact with my colleagues, and DR. I
toofr attended an acupuncture confer- punctur(
culture, ence in Baden Baden in the last practitit
anesthe- week of October. "acupui
- acu "Then I studied under a British "It's
medical physician, who, in March and acupunt
April, used acupuncture anesthes- I mean.
is for dental operations and a mail or
first, or tonsillectomy. A lot o
ed Stat- With what I learned, I was able publici
lgesia,"' to try similar techniques on my- til it's1

y wife, who is al30a
siologist, the chairman
, Nose and Throat Depart
Surgeons, and the ' sident
thesiology and ear. nos
r we had done 12 tests. w
n we had a technique w}-tc
work," he said.
FOX says acupuncti.'e is
nd legal medical technique
predicts it Will find ac]
e soon in the U.S. as ar
ive to chemical anesthesia
Hcine consists of the disg
nd treatment of humin 4'11.
hat's how it's defined it
ork and most states, ant.
only a licensed physicia
ist can diagnose and trea
puncture should therefor]
lly permitted to any lic-
physician and dentist. But
elatively new technique. es,
when used as an anes-
said Dr. Fox.
have a committee in the
that severely controls new
of drugs, and new tech-
So we submitted protocols
use of acupuncture which
eviewed by the committee
, we feel we're in bounds
and that acupuncture is
cceptable to a panel of
We were especially .atefut
t out trials only to each
and volunteers.
soon, we will be able tc
to other patients as a very
nt part of medicine. The
hing is either it worxS, o
n't. Pain or no pain."
FOX warns potential scu-
p' atients tobeswareac1
oners calling themselves
important to stress that
cture is a part of medicine
, there's a Vancouver, B.C.
'der school of acupuncture
of quacks. Be careful. Thj
is well advised to wait to

The King- and the Duke-
are dead and back in Windsor

"I reject the notion that faced
with a choice between love and
daty, I chose lose . . . I abdicated
because I chose the path of duty."
-Edward VIII.
f DWARD. Duke of Windsor, died
last Sunday.
His death may mean little- to
international politics now, but Ed-
ward was once King of England,
until he abdicated the throne to
live a quiet life-in exile-with the
woman he loved. ,
Edward represented a romantic
sensibility that was rare in his
time and is even rarer now.
To be sure, the Duke spent his
days of exile vacationing, hardly
ever speaking out on crying public
issues, and not putting to humani-
tarian use the vast fortune he
commanded. These are grievous
But, it is well to remember, too,
that Edward's departure from
England was not a happy one,
that the land he knew and loved
sent him away, maintining no in-
terest in hearing his criticism.
AS PRINCE of Wales, Edward
spoke frequently about the plight
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of Welsh miners. It is upsetting
that he discontinued these speech-
es after his abdication, but it ap-
pears that were he to have con-
tinued as King he would have
served the public interest more
than most recent British monarchs
In fact, Edward was openly dis-
dainful of the royal condition. He
once defined royalty as "duty
without responsibility, pomp with-
out power."
Because of the outgrown nature
of monarchy, ruling sovereigns to-
day often serve only as relics of
the past, standard bearers of tra-

ditions that bear little connectiot
to the lives of the people oet
whom they supposedly reign.
But Edward was - and cou<
have continued to be - a sterlini
exception. Here was a forwar<
thinking person, imaginitive hope
ful and attuned to the needs o.
We owe Edward no malice ifu
having been born into an anti
quated system.
INSTEAD, we owe him respec
for his courage, and empathy fo
his plight-sentenced by a lov
less protocol to live a purposeles
life far away from the homelant
which had nurtured him.

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