August 1, 1986 |
Poor Tygger. First Daddy Ed Schwartz gets a law passed in City Council forcing him to get this wicked rabies shot. Then Schwartz puts out a press release telling people to come watch Dr. Orville R. Walls give the shot. And people did come. And took pictures, not just of the shot, but of Tygger getting his teeth checked, and Tygger getting his ears checked and Tygger getting his temperature taken. The cat handled it all with barely a squirm. But it was all for a good cause: publicizing new animal-control laws sponsored by Schwartz.
May 23, 1995 |
Lenny Dykstra, who took himself out of Sunday's game with back spasms, underwent a CAT scan yesterday at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Phillies physician Phillip Marone said that the results would be available today, but that based on his examination, he did not think the problem was a particularly serious one. "I believe it to be just a muscular problem," said Marone, "but I won't really know for sure until (today). " Dykstra, who has his average up to .304, left the Phillies' win over New York on Sunday when his lower back stiffened.
November 7, 1987 |
John Martin's last name cost him his life. The Olney man, who had been undergoing alcohol detoxification at the Veterans Medical Center in Coatesville, Chester County, was transferred to the VA hospital in Philadelphia on Wednesday for a CAT scan that was intended for another Coatesville patient of the same name. Immediately after being injected with an iodine dye used for the procedure, Martin, 39, experienced difficulty breathing and required emergency treatment. Eighteen hours later, he was dead.
August 8, 1986 |
Common Pleas Court Judge Leon Katz yesterday threw out a $986,000 jury award to a woman who contended that she lost her psychic powers after a CAT scan, saying the verdict was "grossly excessive" and not based on the evidence. Acting on a motion by attorneys for Temple University Hospital, Katz ordered a new trial in the lawsuit by Judith Richardson Haimes. The verdict, which received national attention when it was announced in March, was "so grossly excessive as to shock the court's sense of justice," Katz wrote in an opinion.
August 9, 2002
ARE WE outraged about Jason Lucas' being denied a CAT scan because of his size? You bet we are. But not for the reasons outlined by Lucas in yesterday's Daily News. As far as we're concerned, it's his charge of denial of medical care that's outrageous. The decision of Presbyterian Hospital to no longer perform a procedure on a person who exceeded the weight of their machine's capability seems like a sound decision. If the hospital made any mistake, it was breaking the rules in previous years to allow Lucas to have his scan.
July 31, 1988 |
Mummy-wrapped, the patient lies flat on his back inside a $1.5 million cylinder that doctors hope will pinpoint a neurological problem by using a magnet 5,000 times the strength of gravity. In the next room, technicians, peering at the patient through sliding-glass windows, check the freeze-frame images of the brain on computer screens. Then, with the touch of a button, they trigger the 6-foot-tall camera that turns the images into photographs. At first glance, this looks like someone receiving a CAT scan, the computerized axial tomography X-ray that almost every hospital has acquired the capability of doing since the scanner was developed about 15 years ago. But many of the pictures are sharper, with the cavities of the brain and various types of tissue, blood and bone clearly distinguishable in shadings of black, white and gray.
March 11, 1994 |
John Kruk, hanging on his wife's left arm, limped up the airport ramp. Beneath a black "Chevy Trucks" cap, his eyes - glassy from the medication that helped him sleep on the 2 1/2-hour flight from Philadelphia yesterday - looked around to see what awaited him. He winced occasionally as he walked, but it was a surgical wound that hurt him now, not the cancerous testicle that was removed less than 48 hours earlier. His spirits, he said, were good. He predicted that he'd be playing baseball in two weeks.
January 16, 1988 |
After recently disclosing that any of 12 workers at two Veterans Hospitals might have prevented a mixup that led to the accidental death of a patient, VA officials promised that the workers faced disciplinary action that could include dismissal. But yesterday, a VA official said the most serious penalty initiated against any of the workers was a 10-day suspension without pay. Three of the workers face a five-day suspension without pay, two others have received reprimands, and five will receive "admonishments," said David Berg, special assistant to the VA director in Philadelphia.
September 8, 1986
I would like to commend Judge Leon Katz for rejecting the ridiculous damage award to Judith Haimes, who said that a CAT scan impaired her psychic powers. I certainly wonder by what criteria the jurors reached their decision. Where is their reasoning or common sense? One can lose psychic ability at any time. Surely, if Ms. Haines was psychic at the time she would have sensed a problem with the test. I applaud Judge Katz for his wise decision and integrity. Kathleen Gillespie Croydon.
March 27, 1986 |
As a psychic, Judith Richardson Haimes led police to missing bodies, making believers out of skeptical officers. But as a plaintiff in civil court in Philadelphia, she was unable to prove she had a case. Common Pleas Judge Leon Katz yesterday dismissed Haimes' claim that a CAT scan performed nearly 10 years ago at Temple University Hospital left her with headaches that made it impossible for her to use her powers. Haimes had contended that the hospital and Dr. Judith Hart, a neuro- radiologist, were negligent in giving her the CAT scan after she told them she was allergic to the dye used in the test.