Meeting of 30 March - Dr. James Luck
Another good meeting, and we may soon achieve more visitors than regular
members. Actually, that won't happen, but good speakers apparently do
draw guests, and that's all good. We started off with the usual Theme,
and then to the Pledge, led by GENE PRINDLE. Next came the song, with
BRUCE HARRIS and BILL MAXWELL as leaders. Tribute was paid BILL as the
greatest accordionist in the room, followed by what begins to look like
slapstick comedy - each leader having their separate ideas as to when
to start -but just before that, someone from the audience asked, "What's
the song"? These prelims out of the way, we did My Country Tiz
of Thee, and while the melody wasn't bad, the tempo was a shade slow.
(LEE DUNAYER, standing next to YOE, had to be awakened when it ended.)
PP STEVE DAY, being a realist, allowed us to sit down for the Thought
for the Day, which was centered on the theme, around the corner but
miles away. It was a reminder that we can all use - if you had just
one day to live, who would you call - and what are you waiting for?
MIKE O'CONNELL couldn't locate any Rotarian guests - but other guests
included Dr. Luck's wife Mary, Renee Fraser, who works with Dr. Luck,
and PP RON LYSTER'S Special Guest, Eloise Helwig, the President of the
Los Angeles Orthopedic Hospital Foundation. GEORGE DEA brought his wife,
Janice, and PP HOMER NEWMAN again introduced Steve Stenstrom, his Special
Guest. Suzanne Wilton was the guest of PDG BILL GOODWYN, and HENRY TSENG
brought along his Special Guest, Steve Ballantyne of Sun Microsystems.
That's a lot of guests, by golly.
There are two types of announcements - one, about members, and the
other, about events. We will try to adhere henceforth to a new editorial
policy, giving full play to all info, good or bad, about members - with
event data being less fulsomely reported (that means events won't get
much ink). And ere you think that YOE is subject to outside influences
(read, bribes) I won't even report that PP JIM DOWNIE now routinely
excuses himself from the room when these event announcements are brought
up. I also will not report that PP JIM was fined $l00 for his absence
- even though, in a gesture with Machiavellian overtones, he offered
to pay double if Prez BOB would skip such announcements entirely next
week. And the last thing on this subject not to be reported is that
Prez BOB declined. Niccolo di Bernardo dei Machiavelli, by the way,
was with us from 1469 to 1527, which I mention to emphasize that PP
JIM knows his history, and Prez Bob, you don't want to fool around with
guys in this category.
Now, to Members: MIKE YOUSEM happily forked over 100 clams because
of the recent birth of a grandson, Gil Jacob Yousem. MARK BLOCK was
not present, but it was announced that he and Margie have a new 3rd
son, Jared - born TODAY! JIM GREATHEAD told us of the recent surgery
for GEORGE READ, who had an aneurysm in his aorta. He is getting better,
and is still at Santa Monica Hospital. LENNY FRIEDMAN, our point man
for Westwood Village info, reported that Madison Marquette has purchased
the former Macy's, and plans to divide the 225,000 square foot building
into 3 or 4 sections, with a possible Ralph's, plus a women's clothing
store as prospective tenants. Madison already owns a number of properties
in the Village, and this makes them the majority landowner.
And a fond farewell to Opal Desch, who will be moving to Bakersfield
Alas, into each life some rain must fall (catchy phrase, wot?) and
so to events:
(Limited to FOUR each week - we are TOUGH!) 11 April - Board meeting,
ELLIOTT TURNER. 30 April to 5 May - Group Study Exchange from Bavaria
- LEE DUNAYER. There will be a Welcome Party at Marian and LEO TSENG'S,
4 p.m. on the 30TH. 4 to 7 May, District Conference at the Doral Palm
Springs Resort - RON KLEPETAR. And finally, on May 26th, Rotary Day at
the Races. Association with this event cost
PP RON LYSTER 50 bucks, due, YOE assumes, to his piteous, even embarrassing,
plea for funding to pay for his expected losses at this event.
SALLY BRANT once again brought us an excellent program, introducing
James V. Luck, Jr., and a MD who has been Director of Orthopedic Hospital
since 1989. His father preceded him in this capacity, while the junior
Dr. Luck was first involved as a school volunteer in the Plaster Department.
Dr. Luck has an active Orthopedic practice, is Past President of the
American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, until recently chaired the
Residency Review Committee for all Orthopedic training programs in the
U.S., and is now a Director of the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery.
He currently serves as Executive Vice Chair of the combined UCLA/Orthopedic
Hospital Department of Orthopedic Surgery.
After showing some early sites of the Hospital, other slides illustrated
many of the areas covered in his talk. A major concern of orthopedics
is hemophilia. Previous treatment, designed to get rid of the inflamed
area, took 14 days, and cost over $6l,000. Now, by injecting Chromic
Phosphate, cost is only $2850, with comparable results. Since cost reduction
is a major target of medical practice, such savings are most welcome.
Joint replacement, which has great benefit to patients, benefits from
beta x-ray treatment of the plastic cups used. Previously, every step
of walking once generated 450K of very tiny particles - so fine they
can only be seen via electronic microscope - within the joint, and the
body automatically tried to absorb this material. Now, the new cross-link
polyethylene material has almost no wear, making it an almost-permanent
replacement. This is yet another major benefit of muscular skeletal
Dr. Luck asked for questions - and there were zillions! Before I get
to them, I am reminded of the talks of other doctors at WVRC, where
the questions always seemed to concern "my brother-in-law"
or some other fictitious character. Therefore, without attribution,
here are some samples from today: How many patients can you treat in-house?
Presently 20 to 30 at both UCLA and downtown, with 20,000 outpatients.
This will rise to 105,000 outpatients when the expanded primary care
education is fully implemented. Do shoulders and elbows receive plastic
joints? Yes, with a 30-year history of success. What are the prospects
for a cure for arthritis? There is much research on rheumatoid arthritis,
and it is promising. The last area to be solved here is osteoarthritis,
since everyone has some symptoms. How do knee replacements compare to
hip replacements? Results with knees are much better.
Do you treat post-polio syndrome? We don't really understand it, and
many doctors wonder if it really is just the effect of aging. Instead
of new plastics, how about porcelain? One problem here is that it can
break, plus it is quite expensive. Since the target for useful life
of these substances is 30 to 40 years, and since over 500K replacement
operations are performed annually, the new plastic seems best. Does
the body reject artificial materials? Experience has shown what the
body will accept - they have even found metal items in Egyptian mummies,
so certain substances have been used for quite a while. Stainless steel
is accepted, and works beautifully unless it begins to corrode. Last
question - how widespread is the use of the new plastics? Only about
5% of replacements use it now, but it will spread rapidly as recognition
of its properties grows. Thank you, Dr. Luck, for a most informative
YOE, Ernie Wolfe