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Program includes an excerpt of a discussion with Shilts about his book "And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic."
Tribute to Charlotte Towle with Ner Littner, Pearl Rosenzweig, Alan Wade and Dame Eileen Younghusband.
Interview begins with an excerpt of Marge Person a member of a citizens action program talking about prescription drugs, and cost of living with a health condition.(Unspecified clip #) Discussing the book, "The Politics of Medicare," and interviewing the author Theodore Marmor. Associate professor of Center of Health Administration studies at University of Chicago. Mr Marmor has been part of policy planning with the department of welfare, for medicare. He talks about National Healthcare or at the least affordable healthcare for all.
Sybil Leek discusses the history and beliefs of witchcraft, modern medicine compared to natural medicine, and animal familiars. "The Gloucester Witch" performed by John Allison has been removed.
Sontag reads from "Illness as Metaphor" and discusses differences between diseases, particularly tuberculosis and cancer, regarding historic understanding and cultural representation.
Susan Nussbaum, founder of Access Living and Michael Pachovas founder of Disabled Prisoners Program discuss the upcoming Disabled Americans Freedom Rally in the backdrop of the International Year of the Disabled Persons and President Reagan's budget cuts. Society needs to understand that expenditures are required to secure the rights of disabled people to live active, productive lives. They need to be able to get out of their apartment buildings or homes, travel on sidewalks and ride buses. That may require access ramps, working elevators, cut curbs, and hydraulic buses to lower steps.
Discussing health hazards in work environments and environmental pollution. Interviewing Dr. Bertram Carnow and Bob and Joan Ericksen.
A round-table debate about the Montessori educational theory. Four early childhood development professionals speak of the pros and the cons of the program. Speakers include: Fay Bauling advisor at Wilson Jr. College, Dr. Urban Fleege of DePaul University, Dr. Ner Littner from the Institute of Psychoanalysis, and Hannah MacLaren, head teacher from Ancona School.
Studs interviews three Cook County Hospital doctors: Dr. Tessa Fischer Dr. Mark Bonnell Dr. David Moore Main topic of conversation is the 18-day residents and interns strike at Cook County Hospital, Chicago, October-November 1975. At the time it was the longest doctors’ strike in U.S. history. Topics include: Patient care, benefits and wages, and working conditions. The distinction is made between a "strike" and what the doctors call a "job action".
Studs Terkel interviews two representatives from Abbott Laboratories: Richard Kasperson, V.P. of corporate regulatory affairs, and Dr. Robert Janicki, V.P. of corporate clinical research. The topic of conversation is the prescribed use of Cylert, which was a trade name for the drug Pemoline. Cylert was used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. Janicki and Kasperson respond to claims that the drug was overprescribed to school-aged children.
Studs Terkel discusses the murder of eight student nurses in 1966 at the hands of Richard Speck with the authors of "Born to Raise Hell", newsman Jack Altman and Speck's psychiatrist Dr. Marvin Ziporyn. Altman sees Speck's public and private image as being quite different. When asked to smile for the cameras Speck obeyed authority and did and was labeled in the press as a monster when in reality he blocked out the murders and was disgusted by his actions. Dr.
Studs discusses dreams, consciousness and computers with psychologist, computer scientist, and author Dr. Christopher Evans. Topics of conversation include the need for humans to dream, contemporary research on sleep and rest, and computer technology. Dr. Evans draws analogies between the behavior of the sleeping and dreaming human brain and the functions of modern computers.
In his book, "Doctors' Dilemmas: Moral Conflicts in Medical Care," Samuel Gorovitz tries to show his readers the moral dilemmas that doctors face. Gorovitz explained that physicians need to learn what it’s like to be a patient. Gorovitz also believed that before a student enter medical school, he or she should have spent some time in a hospital as a patient.
Humanitarian and author Sally Trench discusses her book “Bury Me in My Boots,” her work with the homeless communities in England, her journeys, and her belief in self-help with Studs Terkel. Both Trench and Terkel read an excerpt from Trench’s book “Bury Me in My Boots.”