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PAGE SIX

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

MMA'Y, APRM 29r 1957

PAGE SIX THE MICHIGAN DAILY FRIDAY, APRiL 2~. 1957

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AFTER SEVEN MONTHS:
Beierwaltes Announces Cretinism Study

By MARCIA THOMAS
Seven months ago University
researchers were granted $40,000
to study congenital hypothyroid-
ism, a common endocrine disease
among children.
This month a report summar-
izing this work done by Dr. Wil-
liam H. Beierwaltes, professor of
Internal Medicine, his co-workers,
and the pediatrics department will
be given before the American Fed-
eration for Clinical Research
meeting.
Hypothyroidism is a form of en-.
docrine gland disease resulting
from either having been born with
no thyroid gland, one producing
a limited amount of thyroid hor-
mones, or an active gland which
produces substances but not the
one most needed - active thyroid
hormones.
Test With Iodine
Children born with this disease
are called cretins, and are likely
to be feebleminded.
"We think we've found certain
criteria in new born children that
will tell us when there is a sus-
picion of cretinism. Then we use
a tracer dose of radioactive iodine
to check," Dr. Beierwaltes said.
He added, "A tracer dose of
radioactive iodine will definitely
make the correct diagnosis.
Diagnosis Difficult in Past
-Until recently it was rarely pos-
sible to diagnose cretinism dur-
ing the first month of a child's
life.
This was, unfortunate, Dr.
Beierwaltes said, because the long-
er a child went undiagnosed and
untreated the more chance there
was of permanent physical and
mental retardation.
"If the child could be diagnosed
at birth, the outlook would be en-
tirely different," he continued.
Lack Thyroid Glands
If they were even treated when
they were under six months old,
their chances of becoming nor-
mal are better than if they were
started on treatments later in life.
Results of the research are also
expected to show that a great ma-

E ldersve id
Publishes
Joint Study
Prof. Samuel J. Eldersveld, Ann
Arbor's mayor, has recently pub-
lished "Political Affiliation in
Metropolitan Detroit," a study
done with the assistance of three
other men.
The study was concerned with
the types and degrees of affilia-
tions with political parties in the
area or lack of affiliation, attitudes
of persons on various subjects,
characteristics of Republican and
Democratic party memberships,
and various activities of persons
pertinent to the study.
Prof. Ronald Freedman of the
sociology dept., Richard W. Dodge
of Case Institute of Technology,
and Sidney Belanoff of Brooklyn
College assisted Prof Eldersveld.
The territory covered for the
study included metropolitan De-
troit and most of Wayne, Macomb,
and Oakland counties. Data was
obtained from a sample interview-
survey taken by the Detroit Area
Study in the spring of 1952.
Quarterdeck Hosts
Meeting at Allenel
The Quarterdeck Society will
hold a joint meeting with the
Detroit Marine Society at the Al-
lenel Hotel at 1 p.m. on Saturday,
April 27.
The Society is a 51 year old
honorary group of students in Na-
val Architecture and Marine En-
gineering.
The meeting will be followed by
a tour of departmental facilities
as part of the College of Engineer-
ing's annual open house.

DAILY OFFICIAL BULLETIN

(Continued from Page 4)
Academic Notices
Doctoral Preliminary Examinations
for Students in Education. AU appli-
cants for the doctorate who are plan-
ning to take the preliminary examina-
tions in education May 27, 28 and 29,
Organization
NOtces
Union Bridge Club, Duplicate Bridge
Tournament, April 2*6, 7:30, Union.
Roger williams Fellowship, April 27,
1:30, meet at the Guild House to attend
a Retreat (in cooperation with the stu-
dent group at Ypsilanti). Dr. Devadutt
of the Colgate-Rochester Divinity
School will lead the discussion about
the role of the Christian Church in
helping men face the struggles of the
world today.
The Congregational and Disciples
Student Guild, Annual Guild-Alumni
Banquet, April 27, 6:00, First Congre-
gational Church.

1957 must file their names with the
Chairman of Advisors to Graduate Stu-
dents, Room 4019, University High
School Bldg. not later than May 1.
Medical College Admission Test: Ap-
plication blanks for the May 11, 1957
administration of the Medical College
Admission Test are now available at
122 Rackham Building. Application
blanks are due in Princeton, N. J. not
later than April 27, 1957.
Psychology Colloquium: "Orientations
in Stimulus Space." Dr. Ragnar Rom-
metviet, visiting professor at Minne-
sota University. 4:15 p.m., Fri., April
26, Aud. B, Angell Hall.
Seminar in Magnetohydrodynamics
Fri., April 26, 3:00 p.m. in Room 246, W.
Engineering. Mr. Wilkerson will con-
tinue his talk on "Magnetohydrody-
namic Waves."
Doctoral Examination for Candace
Lillian Roell, Education: thesis: "A
Study in Pupil-Student Teacher Re-
lationships in women's Physical Edu-
cation", Fri., April 26, West Council
Room, Rackham Building, at 1:00 p.m.
Co-Chairmen, W. C. Morse and W. R.
Dixon.

Placement Notices
Square D Company, 425 County Ave.,
Secaucus, New Jersey, is in need of a
graduate engineer with an aptitude
for foreign language to work as an Ap-
plication Engineer for Export Depart-
ment. Occasional opportunity to travel
abroad. Must be a U.S. citizen and 35
years of age or younger.
Hawaiian Eiectric Company, Limited,
Box 2750, Honolulu 3, Hawaii has open-
ings for men engineers,
Sutherland Paper Co., 243 E. Paterson
St., Kalamazoo, Mich. has openings for
Civil, Mechanical, Chemical, and In-
dustrial Engineers. They are also in
need of Graduates for Sales Trainees
(completed military service, married
or single, without family). Immediate
opening for an Architectural Drafts-
man,
Rand McNally & Co., P. O. Box 7600,
Chicago 80, Ill, will sponsor a training
program for majors in Industrial Man-
agement, General Engineering, and
Liberal Arts. Opportunities for print-
ing and/or publishing.
Manzel, Div. of Houdaille Industries,
Inc., 315 Babcock St., Buffalo 10, N. Y.
has a position for a graduate with a
B.S.M.E. degree to work as a develop-

ment Engineer. Must be in the top 3rd
of class, with background in fluid
mechanics and machine design. Con-
tact the Bureau before applying.
Barrett Div., Allied Chemicals & Die
Corp., Toledo 6, Ohio has openings for
graduates with a B.S. degree for work
as a Maintenance superintendent,
Electrical Engineer, Chemical Engi-
neers and Chemists. Must be experi-
enced in these fields.
New York State Civil Service Exazm Anf
nouncements:
Exams to be held June 29, 1957,
deadline for applications May 31, 1957
for positions for U.S. citizens as Law-
yers, Investigators, Spanish Interpre-
ters, Storeroom clerks, and Personnel
Administrators (open to any qualified
citizen). It also will include positions
for Park Engineers and Aquatic Biol-
ogists.
Exams to be held July 13, 1957, with
application deadline June 14, 1957 for
Clinical Psychologist, Senior welfare
Consultant (Mental Health). Must have
one year of residence in N.Y. preceding
the appointment.

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-Daily-Norman Jacobs
RESEARCH TEAM-Members of the cretinism study, from left to
right, Dr. G. Raman, Dr. Edward A. Carr, Jr., Dr. William H.
Beierwaltes, and Norma R. Spafford count the radioactive mater-
ial in the blood with the help of a pulse height analyst machine.

jority of cretins have no thyroid
glands and a minority have glands
that are underfunctioning.
One reason some cretins may
do better than other regardless
of when their treatment is started
is that they possess a t~hyroid
gland, even if it does not produce
enough hormone, Dr. Beierwaltes
explained.
Not Hereditary
"No evidence has been found
that this condition is hereditary,"
he added.
Another phase of this research
consists of doing selected sam-
pling of cretins who have ended
up with very low I. Q.'s and are
in state institutions.
The study has shown that a
child with the disease and not in
an institution usually has an I.Q.
between 42-95. Most institution-
alized cretins have an I.Q. under
40 or 20.

"Research personnel can usu-
ally predict what a cretin's intel-
ligence will be by the time he is
10 years old," Dr. Beierwaltes re-
marked.
"If the I.Q. does not start to de-
crease by the time the child is
eight, it will probably remain
comparatively high," he con-
cluded.
Dr. Beierwaltes pointed out that
cretins who attain I.Q.'s within
the normal range after treatment
are able to marry, have children,
and live normal lives.
Parents Not Responsible
He also pointed out that from
the medical-social standpoint al-
most every parent of a cretin
wonders if he did something
wrong thereby causing his child's
abnormality.
"We have found no reason to
beileve that this is true," he con-
cluded.

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MICHIGAN CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP
invites you to hear
Dr. Edward J. Young
Professor of Old Testament at Westminster Theological Seminary
Speaking on
The Teacher of Righteousness and Jesus Christ
a discussion of the Dead Sea Scrolls
4 P.M. SUNDAY AT LANE HALL

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