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Veteran Center Treats
By JANE HOWARD
rhey're all veterans of World
Wr II or of the Korean conflict,
and they all have emotional prob-
They've been referred, these 45
men, by agencies and individuals
all over the state to the Veterans'
Readjustment Center, a sprawling
and comfortable building in the
shadow of University Hospital.
Resembling a home or a dormi-
tory much more than an institu-
tion, the Center is state-supported
-created by the Michigan Office
of Veterans' Affairs and operated
by the University Regents.
No Suggestion of Sickness
A walk through the Center leaves
ro impression of sickness of any
kind. Dorothy Robinson, case work
supervisor of the Center, explained
that it's a completely "open-ward"
hospital-its patients are free at
al times to go wherever they like
The Center's large staff and am-
ple facilities allow it to finish an
average patient's treatment in six
months. k'robems of the veterans
manifest themselves in marital
difficulties, inability to hold a job
or serious incapacity to care for
themselves. The problems are not,
according to Miss Robinson, neces-
sarily related to veterans' war
Families Treated, Too
Every week each patient has
three individual-interviews with one
of the Center's seven psychiatric
While the Center personnel deals
with, the individual veteran, his
wife and family if they choose can
b simultaneously helped by a so-
cial case work program so that
everyone concerned with a pa-
tient's problems can benefit from
A full daily program supple-
ments the patients' psychiatric
treatment. Occupational and phys-
ical therapy facilities allow veter-
ans to develop interests in photog-
raphy, ceramics, painting, machin-
ery, carpentry or leatherwork.
Only "Emotional" Cost
Scene of frequent parties and
athletic scledules is a spacious
basement gymnasium. Upstairs a
comfortable recreation room con-
tains card tables, television and an
enviable view of outlying Huron
Aside from what Miss Robinson
terms the "emotional cost" of their'
difficulties, the veterans pay noth-
ing for, their Center treatments.
As well as its 45 residents, the
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to secure the release of innocent
prisoners. Two weeks ago, he was
in Arkansas working on a murder
Puts In Much Time
Working only in his spare time,
as do all the Court's investigators,
Dr. Snyder still finds himself put-
ting in an amazing amount of
"Just sorting and sifting the let-
ters I get here in Lansing from
prisoners is a tremendous job," he
said, indicating that a great deal
more are received at the Court's
New York office.
Referring to the impossible task
of taking up all the cases that come
to the Court's attention, he said a
preliminary investigation is made
into the claims of innocence that
appear the -most valid.
"The cost involved in merely
separating the wheat from the
chaff, and deciding on which cases
merit our attention is great by it-
self," he said, "not to mention the
cost of conducting a complete in-
And who pays these costs? Ar-
gosy Magazine has financed the
Court so far, but Dr. Snyder con-
sidered 4'the phase involving the
magazine" as coming to an end.
Argosy discontinued the Court of
Last Resort series this fall, al-
though it may resume the articles
"The Court is in a state of flux
at the present time," Dr. Snyder
said, although he reported that the
Court is investigating "half a doz-
en" cases right now, including one
(Next: The future)
First Presbyterian Church
TODAY at 5:10 RM.
Center deals with a number of out-
patients, and refers to a constant
waiting list. No other Michigan
hospital is designed especially for
veterans' psychiatric treatment,
Miss Robinson concluded, saying
few institutions anywhere can equal
The bubble chamber-a newly
devised method of photographing
nuclear reactions-has been added
to the roster of University discov-
eries in the area of physics.
Inventor of the chamber, Prof,
Don Glazer of the physics depart-
ment is currently at Brookhaven
Laboratory in Long Island, N.Y.,
using it to make records of the
country's largest atom smasher.
The 28-year-old physicist will not
be teaching at the 'university until
his one-year leave ends in Septem-
The chamber photographs the
trails left by atomic particles, ac-
cording to Prof. Ernest F. Barker,
chairman of the physics depart-
ment. "Since you cannot see atoms
anymore than you can see shoot-
ing stars-what you see is the trail
they leave behind," he said.
Consisting of a glass container
filled with liquid just above its
boiling point, the chamber works
by keeping the liquid under pres-
sure so that it cannot boil.
As an atom splits, the particles
fly through the liquid, disturbing it
along the way and creating small
bubbles which can be photo-
Advantages of the bubble cham-
ber over the cloud chamber, which
has been used for photographing
nuclear events for several years,
are that it speeds up the process
and is smaller, Prof. Barker ex-
Lane Hall is planning its first
"winter retreat" for students who
don't go home between semesters.
Object of the three-day withdraw-
al is to explore methods of enrich-
ing personal living, Lane Hall of-
ficials said yesterday.
Devotional reading, meditation
and prayer will take place. The
importance of constructive activi-
ty in the community will be em-
phasized, along with the importance
of creative uses of leisure time.
An introduction to arts and crafts,
folk singing and folk and square
dancing, will also occupy the group,
A religious leader who has not
been named yet will lead 'discus-
sions and guide the activities.
Workshop sessions will be provided,
duing the first day and a half.
Amidst these activities, much
free time will be set aside for per-
sonal experimentation in any of
the topic areas of the retreat,
Planned by Lane Hall program
assistant Grey Austin, the "Winter
Rendezvous" will be held from
Jan. 25 through Jan. 28 at the Lake
Huron Methodist Camp.
Priced at $8.75 including trans-
portation, participation in this ac-
tivity is limited to the first 20 men
and 20 women applying. Interested
persons may contact Grey Austin.
at Lane Hall.
Plant To Talk on
Prof. Marcus L. Plant of the
Law School will speak at 9 a.m.,
today for the Hospital Law Institute
at the Knickerbocker Hotel in Chi-
cago on "Personal Liberty of Hos-
Having done extensive work on
medical jurisprudence, he has re-
ecntly written a paper on the le-
gal responsibilities of doctors and
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Now in its third year of opera-
tion, the 'University's Respirator
Center treats victims of infantile
paralysis from all over the state.
Dr. David G. Dickinson, direc-
tor of the Center, pointed out it
is one of 13 such centers in the
country and the only one in Mich-
Located on the ninth floor of
'University Hospital, the Center
accommodates 15 patients and is
run by the pediatrics department.
Costs $220,000 a Year
It is financed, Dr. Dickinson.
said, almost entirely by the Na-
tional Foundation for Infantile
Paralysis. Operating costs of more
than $220,000 a year are born by
a direct grant of $72,000 and NFIP
contributions of $27.12 per patient
per day or $148,480 a year.
"This covers not only day to
day costs but also continuous re-
search, and a teaching program,"
Dr. Dickinson explained.
In keeping with yuletide spirit,
the Center now sports a large,
b ri g h t 1 y decorated Christmas
"The stimulus of a positive pro-
gram of treatment is our biggest
morale booster," Dr. Dickinson
commented, adding' "everyone up
here is enthusiastic about the
work they're doing."
Morale is kept huh in many
'ays, the Center director re-
ported. "A sense of competitive
living is one of our greatest aids.
Men, women and children all share
the same ward, we don't limit
visiting hours, and we have a
planned program of outside visits
before discharge from the Hos-
pital," lie continued.
Other morale boosters include
the Center newspaper, Penthouse
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DR. DAVID DICKINSON, chief of the Respirator Center, uses
scientific apparatus to measure breathing of Sharon McClain.
Machine will record breathing on roll of paper.
TWO NURSES help transfer Dorothy Cox to an iron lung. Par-
tially recovered, Miss Cox is able to use a chest respirator shell
part of the time.
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with outside talent. nt spent remodeling the entire area.
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Ten full time nurses and ten nurse
aides take care of patients' needs.
Two occupational therapists and
two physical therapists, from the
Department of Physical Medicine,
Other Departments Help
"In addition to our own staff,"
Dr. Dickinson said, "we get a
great deal of help from other de-
The Respirator Center main-
tains a shop where two workers
are employed ma king adaptive
equipment for braces, splints, and
various suspensive devices.
Present quarters of the Respira-
tor Center were opened on June
Facilities include a diet kitchen,
emergency power service, sun deck'
fors use, bedside tele-
phone service and equipment for
piping radio, both AM and FM
and television sound to bedside
Commenting on the Center's fa-
cilities. Dr. Dickinson said, "We
believe it is a signifcant step to-
ward creatng the proper environ-
ment for paients who constantly
ne medical attention but who
at the same time need the stim-
ulaton of competitive living far
more than they need the peace
and quiet of the stndard hos-
LILIAN WEINGARTEN, senior pediatric s aboratory bio-chemist,
operates Van Slyke machine. It is vId n analyse blood gases
and helps deter" e heh or no pients are breathing
WARREN SCOFIELD receives physical therapy from therapist
Sara McFarland. Regular uise of muscles, through physical ther-
apy, helps restore strength.
NURSE LOIS VOLCKMAN (back toward camera) and Martie Hicks, Lead nure, take care of two
year old Andrea Cappaert, a victim of spinal polio. Oxygen tent is being used temporarily to
combat respiratory infection, while iron lung treats polio.
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Photos by DICK GASKILL
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