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CRITICS QUESTION 'DOC-IN-THE-BOX' MEDICINE
Quick-stop medical clinics spread
DALLAS (AP)- Texas leads the nation in the "Everyone has left and he winds up having a car- that Texas has 70 of the nation's 575 minor emergency
spread of quick-stop medical clinics, which are disc arrest on the doorstep." clinics, more than any other state. Dallas got its first
giving hospitals a run for their money by offering Similar fears are voiced by Ralph Cross, an officer such clinic in 1978.
people lower prices and a shorter wait for treatment with Methodist Central Hospital in Dallas. AN OWNER of one of the Dallas-area clinics said
in minor emergencies. "OUR ONLY concern is the use of the term his clinic has had only two patients who would have
But some critics call the clinics "7-Eleven 'emergency,' " Cross said. "The public equates been more properly treated at a hospital emergency
medicine" or "Doc-in-the-Boxes," references to 'emergency' with an emergency room open 24 hours room
grocery store and fast-food chains. They worry that a day with the backup facilities of a hospital. There is The patients-heart attack victims who didn't think
seriously ill or injured people might suffer if they go the real possibility to confuse or mislead." they had time to make it to a hospital-were
to the clinics instead of receiving the care that only a Most of the minor emergency clinics in the Dallas stabilized and sent by ambulance to a hospital, said
hospital emergency room can provide. area are open seven days a week, 12 hours a day and Dr. Ron Hellstern, who owns the Primacare Minor
"A GUY MAY have chest pains and wind up there some never close. Doctors are on duty whenever the Emergency Facility in Carrollton.
20 minutes after the doors are closed," Dr. Ken Gray, clinics are open, though not all are specialists in "From our experience, we have found that people
president of the American College of Emergency emergency medicine, gauge very well what is wrong with them," Hellstern
Physicians in Irving, Texas, said in an interview. The College of Emergency Physicians estimates said.
Watt: Willing to fight for
his environmental views z
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Watt's supporters paint him as a man
who believes that the free enterprise
system is what makes America great,
that the nation imports too much oil and
must develop its own natural resources.
"He's not a dogmatic, arrogant, tun-
nel-vision guy," said Sen. Alan K. Sim-
pson (R-Wyo.), a member of the En-
vironmental and Public Works Com-
mittee who has known Watt for 20
years. "They attribute grevious things
and manipulative behavior to him, but
that's not Jim.
"HE WAS BROUGHT up in hard
scrabble country where if you don't
take care of the land, it will eat you up.
He believes in what the statutes say, not
in what special interest groups say."
Charles Matthews, president of the
National Ocean Industries Association,
said Watt is a strong spokesman for
those who want to balance resource
development with environmental
"He recognizes the nation has not
adequately developed its resources off-
shore," said -Mathews, whose
organization lobbies for oil, gas and
mineral development. "The environ-
mental extremists had the key to the
executive washroom under Carter.
When they Were thrown out by the new
administration, they went through a
period of shock and have a knee-jerk
reaction to everything Watt does."
WATT'S CRITICS say he does not un-
derstand environmental issues, that he
is too pro-development, that he has
weakened clean air and water standar-
ds and is not concerned about preser-
ving the environment for future
Said Russell Peterson, former
Republican governor of Delaware and
chairman of the Council on Environ-
mental Quality under presidenta Nixon
and Ford: "Republicans have played a
key role in building a solid system of
laws to protect our air, water, land and
wildlife. We were making good head-
way and in comes the Reagan ad-
ministration and reverses the direc-
Peterson, now president of the
National Audubon Society, said Watt is
not interested in balanced develop-
"BALANCE IS just a code word,"
Peterson said. "He's pushing for com-
mercial exploitation of our natural
resources, to free up the developers."
Peterson said that contrary to Watt's
suggestion that environmental
organizations do not believe in
development, his organization supports
drilling for oil and gas on the Outer Con-
tinental shelf, manufacturing
automobiles that pollute slightly, cut-
ting trees in the national forests and the
strip mining law.
"We're in favor of development as
long as it's done properly," he said.
TONY RUCKEL, a Colorado lawyer
and regional director of the Sierra Club
Legal Defense Fund in Denver, put it
this way:, "His objective is the im-
mediate exploitation of the greatest
amount of resources he can get in
private hands. He has no appreciation
for the long-haul, trustee relationship to
the next century."
Watt insists that most environmental
groups support him. "We deal with 220
national organizations and only six to 10
oppose us in an aggressive manner," he
said. But he refused to name even one
conservation organization that suppor-
ts him: "I don't want to get into listing
good and bad."
Still, many of the nation's environ-
mental groups have either called
publicly for Watt's dismissal or aligned
themselves with those that have. They
include the Sierra Club, the National
Audubon Society, the National Wildlife
Federation, Friends of the Earth, the
Izaak Walton League and the Wilder-
WHEN JAY HAIR, executive direc-
tor of the National Wildlife Federation,
heard about Watt changing the buffalo
on his seal, he said: "The fact that he
didn't replace the buffalo with a
bulldozer indicates that at long last
James Watt may be moderating his
views toward wildlife."
Last year, the wildlife
federation-the largest and among the
most established conservation
groups-asked for Watt's resignation.
"He's the worst enemy the conser-
vation movement has ever had and he's
doing long-term damage to this coun-
try," said Gaylord Nelson, a former
senator who is now chairman of the
Wilderness Society. "I've. never seen
anyone in a high position in the federal
government, either Republican or
Democrat, who was as rigid an
ideologue as Watt. i'd apply that to any
Forest industry executive John Hall
said he agrees with Watt that the
government shouldnot acquire more
federal lands because it would prohibit
the harvest and growing of trees.
"He is a true believer in the use of
natural resources-to the extreme,"
said Hall, who is vice president of the
National Forest Products Association.
"He has a lack of ability to compromise
or reach an accommodation with folks
of other views."
Watt says of himself: "I'm flexible in
accomplishing my objectives. I don't
compromise on my principles.'
Doiy Photo by ELIZABETH SCOTT
Thar she blows!
This storm drain on Maynard Street spouts water after yesterday's down-
pour sent rivers of rain flowing through, and under, city streets,
illum iates composer s ife
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Sudeikins. Vera accompanied the com-
poser throughout many of his travels
and eventually married him following
The primary objection to Craft's
organization is that, because the sec-
tions vary so much in tone (time, etc.),
effective continuity is sometimes lost in
the shuffle. Bridges between sections
are practically non-existent, and the
reader is unfortunately left to his own
devices, trying to piece Stravinsky's
travels, accomplishments and
background together from the letters
themselves-information which the let-.
ters assume. Even Craft's notes prove
insufficient. Some kind of cumulative
chronological biographical sketch, such
as is included in most correspondence
compilations, would have been very
helpful to those of us without Craft's ex-
tensive and personal knowledge of
A fuller understanding of this man
and his life, for music historians and
other interested parties, will come with
the publication of Craft's next two
volumes and in the outpouring of books,
records and concerts sure to follow in
Stravinsky's cenenary anniversary.