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The Michigan Daily-Friday, August 15, 1980-Page 5
Oswald exhumation blocked

From UPI and AP "50-50" possibility that the body under
DALLAS - The brother of accused the red granite marker with the bare
presidential assassin Lee Harvey word "OSWALD" on it would be that of
Oswald yesterday obtained a tem- a Soviet agent who took Oswald's iden-
porary restraining order halting the tity in 1959, or that there would be no
exhumation of Oswahld's body for an body at all.
autopsy that would have settled OSWALD'S WIDOW, Marine Oswald
questions about its identity. Porter, had granted the group per-
A group headed by British author and mission to undertake a private disin-
lawyer Michael Eddowes claimed a terment and autopsy under a Texas law
Study shows stren t s
of emergency rooms

which gives spouses that power. She
said she did not believe someone other
than her former husband was buried at
Rose Hill Burial Park in Fort Worth,
but wanted to help clear up
"mysteries" about the assassination.
The lawsuit filed by Robert Oswald of
Wichita Falls named Dallas County
Medical Examiner Charles Petty; Por-
ter; Dallas County Judge Garry
Weber; Eddowes; and the cemetery as,
His suit claims Eddowes' efforts to
exhume the body are "continuing ac-
tion of the part of Michael Eddowes for
his own personal gain and to promote a
book he has written for sale and
distribution to the public."
"I'M DISAPPOINTED that it has to
be dragged out even longer to add to the
burden already shouldered by the
widow and her children," said Jerry
Pittman, lawyer for Eddowes. "That
always has been a prime concern of
Pittman added: "I have to consult
with other attorneys involved in this
case before any decision is made on the
next step. If this is a valid restraining

order, then the district court in Tarrant
County will make a determination next
F ddowes and others, including Petty,
ha assembled a team of grave-
diggers, security personnel, heavy
equipment operators, forensic
pathologists, and dental identification
experts for the mission. Reports in
Dallas indicated they planned to dig up
the grave today.
Once exhumed, the coffin would have
been taken to the Institute of Forensic
Sciences in Dallas. Petty said there was
nearly "100 per cent probability" they
would ,have determined whether the
body was that of Lee Harvey Oswald by
comparing Oswald's Marine dental
records in 1958 with the teeth in the
In a book on the Nov. 22, 1963,
assassination of President John Ken-
nedy, Eddowes claimed the body in
Oswald's grave in Tarrant County is
that of a Soviet agent who took
Oswald's place to kill Kennedy. His
previous -efforts to force Tarrant and
Dallas county authorities to exhume the
body have been unsuccessful.

Emergency rooms staffed by person-
nel associated with a medical school
may have higher clinical efficiency
than hospitals that "contract out" for
doctors, according to preliminary
results of a study being conducted at
the Institute for Social Research.
Clinical efficiency is only one of the
areas being looked at by psychology
professor Basil Georgopoulos and his
team of assistants. In addition, they are'
examining the economic efficiency and
the "social" efficiency (how well the
unit responds to community needs) of
30 randomly selected hospitals
throughout the Midwest.
"We tried to get persepctives from all
sides-the doctor's persepctive, the
patient's perspective, and the hospital
administrator's perspective," ex-
plained Georgopoulos, adding that the
team had used both interviews and
written questionnaires in gathering its

ANOTHER TEAM finding indicated
betted clinical efficiency at emergency
units that had put their personnel
through emergency training programs
than at units that had not done so.
Georgopolous said that the resear-
chers are making the study results
available to the hospitals involved in
case they want to take remedial action,
but added, "Our main purpose is to do
research. What the hospitals decide to
do with the results is strictly up to
Ethical questions arise when the unit
appears to be sacrificing one type of ef-
ficiency for another, according to
Georgopolous. "Clinical efficiency and
economic efficiency do not always go
hand in hand," he explained. "For in-
stance, some hospitals have a high
clinical efficiency, but are also expen-
"It then becomes a question of what
the hospital wants to emphasize," he

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