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Transcript Do women doctors make better general practitioners than men? Are they more honest, gentle, kind and considerate than their male counterparts? A recent survey published in Psychiatry in Section 1. Page 21 Houston Chronicle Thursday, May 31,1979 Birth AR The Houston Post VSLJ MONDAY, OCT. 25. 1976 Diagnosis called dangerous the safeguards found in Knight News Wire NEW YORK-A growing number of obstetricians are starting to perform a complex and potentially dangerous technique of prenatal diagnosis in their private offices rather than in medical centers, an expert in genetic diseases said recently. The result could be increased hazards to pregnant women and their unborn children, since private offices do not have Houston Chronicle Tuesday. June 19. 1979 ** the safeguards found in well-equipped "hospitals, said the expert, Dr. Kurt Hirschhorn of Mount Sinai School of Medicine. The technique is amniocentesis, in which a needle is inserted in the womb to extract a sample of fluid early in pregnancy. Cells from the fluid are then grown in the laboratory and are analyzed to detect genetic diseases in the fetus. Until recently, only a handful of experts, based in large medical centers, have done amniocentesis. Reports of pill's safety 7 said 'fantasy' by doctor COLLEGEVILLE. Minn (UPI) - The actual side effects of birth control pills •equal or exceed" previously reported risks in women, says a Chicago medical researcher who calls reports of the pill's safety a 'medical fantasy.*' Dr. Herbert Ratner of the Loyola University School of Medicine said Monday new evidence that the pill causes tumors in the liver and pituitary gland demonstrates the inherent danger of the drug. "When is the Federal Drug Administration going to draw the line and take the pill off the market9'' Ratner asked a conference at the Human Life Center of St. John's University Monday. 'The pill was originally promoted as physiologically natural, which was a medical fantasy." Ratner addressed participants from Europe, the Far East. New Zealand and America at an international symposium on natural family planning. He predicted the new complications of the bill "will match or exceed such known complications such as obstructions of bloodvessels." 'The scandal is that from the very beginning of testing, we knew the pill showed abnormal laboratory findings, which were ignored or wished away by pill promoters," Ratner said. Medicine rov< us that in the opinion of several hundred doctors and medical students, women doctors are more honest with their patients and less aggressive and irritable with them than male doc tors. Moreover, blacks and other minority pa- tients prefer the women. called false WASHINGTON (AP) - The federal government is being asked by a group of law students to crackdown on 'false and deceptive'' advertisement of vaginal contraceptives sold over the counter to the public. The students claim manufacturers of (he nonprescription contraceptives such as foams, jellies and creams fail to inform women that their products are not entirely effective. "In actual use, nearly one woman in four who uses over-the-counter vaginal contraceptives will become pregnant in the course of one year," stated a petition which three George Washington University law students filed Wednesday with the Federal Trade Commission. The FTC declined to comment on the petition, which did not cite any product names Nebraska woman fined for midwifery Lincoln, Neb. (AP) — A Papillion. Neb., woman has been convicted and fined $100 for a seldom-reported crime: Midwifery. Patricia Turkel, also known as Patty Ellis and the mother of two young children, was found guilty of practicing medicine and surgery without a license for home delivery of a baby. The fine was the maximum allowed by law. Lancaster County Atty. Ron Lahners noted that obstetrics is strictly a branch of medicine under state law and that it would even be illegal for a husband and wife to deliver their own child privately at home. However, he added that such charges would be difficult to prosecute. Now obstetricians in private practice are using the technique, sending the fluid samples to commercial laboratories for analysis, he said. "There are dangers in this approach that need to be considered carefully," Hirschhorn said. For example, genetic counselors in medical centers select women for amniocentesis on strict criteria, he said. It is not known whether obstetricians in private practice make the same careful selection, he said. Section Liver tumors among pill users were reported in medical literature as early as 1973. he said. •Pituitary tumors now are beginning to be reported," he said. Ratner quoted an article in the British medical review. The Lancet, as saying the complications of pituitary tumor growth "may equal or exceed that or other risks attributable to the pill." "Thev (pituitary tumorts) have no clinical significance unless they enlarge in size, necessitating a cranial operation." he said. "What enlarges these harmless micro-tumors is the stimulation of estrogen, and the major contributor to this stimulation is the birth-control pill" Ratner said another medical study "shows pituitary adenomas I tumors) have had a seven-fold increase in the 1970s, corresponding to the increase in the use of the pill." "The pill pushers originally said no contraceptives should be permitted if they disturbed the health of a healthy woman, but now we've had new complications reported on a weekly or monthly basis to the point where there must be about 125 complications." Ratner said "Many of them cause death and severe disability such as blindness." Women Ask Stringent New IUD Controls i7. 1074, New York Times News Servi< * San Francisco — A coalitic of women's organizations ha announced that it has filed petition with the Californi Department of Health askic for stringent new regulation governing intrauterine con traceptive devices. Patsy Fulcher, chairman < t h e Coalition of Medic - Riehts for Women, said "Women arc tired of hem used as guinea pigs for untesi ed medical devices sold • enormous profit, by large dn. comoanies." The petition requests t'1 adoption of regulations th, would require the manufactir er to take all steps neccssp; to inform women of the potci. tial dangers in continued u of intrauterine devices, whirl came into wider use in Wi1- after U.S. Senate hearings o the dangers of oral contracej tives. The coalition action combat a time of growing nation, pressure for federal rules <>» the devices, now used by fou: million to eight million Amn can women, as against 12 mi' lion who use oral contracer tives. Over the last year potential dangers and complications nr sociated with the devices ha\< come to light. At Food and Drug Aflmini tration hearings in Washiiv ton. 3fi known deaths were imported to have resulted fron use of the devices in th' country. Additionally, a physi cian survey bv the United States Center for Diease Con trol disclosed that IUD use led to over 3,500 hospitalization' in the first six months of 197;- This was interpreted to mean that one of everv five user1 risked hospitalization. In July, the Department r>r Health, Education and Wcl fare told 3.000 federally fund ed family-planning clinics In stop using A. H. Robiir Company's Dalkon Shield br cause of disclosures that 3f women using the device ha*; suffered spontaneous sepfi< abortions in mid-pregnanc;. and four had died of resulting blood poisoning