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What would happen to an astronaut if he suffered an acute attack of appendicitis on his way to the moon? Tile medical director of NASA said here Thursday this is one of many medical problems which may have to be faced in the future. "There are physicians who go so far as to advocate removal of the appendix before flight as a prophylactic measure," added Dr. H. Stoddard, of Washington, D. C. "I'm opposed to this. This is way out." Dr. Stoddard was a featured speaker Thursday at closing sessions of the American College of Surgeons at the Roosevelt Hotel. DR. STANDER NAMED Dr. Leonard Standfer of Baton Rouge was elected president of the Louisiana chapter of the college. And another surgeon, Dr. Donald D. Effler of Cleveland, turned thumbs down on heart transplants. He predicted the replacement of the future will be the artificial heart. | In discussing what to do about an astronaut in space who is possibly suffering from appendicitis, Dr. Stoddard said, f) r "The best thing probably would to have him take some antibiotics." "You couldn't be sure he actually had appendicitis^ of c o u r s e," the physician explained; "Even right here on earth doctors sometimes have a very hard time diagnosing this ailment correctly." Dr. Stoddard said an automatic syringe has been developed for giving hypodermic injections right through the space suits. He said in the past spaceships have been equipped with medical kits containing such needed drugs as antibiotics,* headache remedies, space-sickness pills and antihistamins. TESTS POSSIBLE "There's also a device which j makes it possible to take certain blood chemistry tests while the spaceship is in flight and to send information back to earth for analysis," the physician added. Dr. Stoddard told about extra ventilation suits, now being tested, which will protect the space traveler should it become necessary for him to leave the spacecraft. The NASA physician said engineers are also busy simulating life on the moon. "One of our biggest problems, of course, is that of weightlessness," explained the physician. "It is most difficult to obtain precise information on this, since this is an aspect of space flight which cannot be simulated in earth-bound laboratories." Dr. Stoddard said weightlessness can affect the ability of the astronaut's body to maintain blood pressure during periods of great stress, such as time of reentry. He said this can cause the astronaut to lose consciousness. "There's also the possibility that there will be changes in the calcium circulating in his blood supply," the physician explained. "As another result of weightlessness, there might be particles floating around in the cabin. Such particles could be sucked up into the windpipe of a member of the spacecraft crew in such a way as to interfere with his breathing. That it is why it is so important to keep the spacecraft cabin spotlessly clean." COMPLICATED BUSINESS In advocating an artificial heart as a replacement for a worn-out human heart, Dr. Effler PHOTO: DR. D. H. STODDARD Discusses astronaut illnesses. PHOTO: DR. HOWARD D. SIRAK (left) of Ohio State University and Dr. Donald B. Effler of Cleveland, Ohio, were speakers on Thursday's closing program of the American College of Surgeons at the Roosevelt Hotel.
|Title||What if space flier is ill|
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American College of Surgeons
Stander, Leonard H., Dr.
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