Minnesota plays a unique role in the arena of health, with impactful political/cultural moments, and important contributions from institutions such as Mayo Clinic, Hazelden, UCare, among others. Over the decades, MPR News and American RadioWorks have produced a breadth of reports and programming specifically dedicated to the subject of health. This collection includes interviews, debates, speeches, and documentaries that provide greater detail to the many facets of healthcare, from both a local and national perspective.
April 4, 1971 - Benjamin Spock speaking at Augsburg College. Address was in honor of the Minnesota 8, sponsored by the Minnesota 8 Defense Committee. Topics of Spock’s address were on politics, social injustice, environment, and health. Spock’s speech was initially interrupted by women right’s protesters, reading excerpts from his book that the protesters viewed as marginalizing women.
October 2, 1972 - Consumer should be aware of the cost of prescription drugs and the cost should be standardized. Neighborhood drug stores cost more than the discount drug store.
October 6, 1972 - St. Cloud was chosen by a committee that had a shortage of medical training for their medical community. The medical community is looking to boast their training and offerings such as x-rays.
October 6, 1972 - Dr. John Bonica expert on pain discusses the application of acupuncture for use as anesthesia in surgery. The history of acupuncture and its use in China and now the United States.
October 18, 1972 - Brian Peterson speaks to the need for improved health care. Decentralized health care institutions. Charles McCrary speaks for the hospital. Physicians retiring and new people are moving into neighborhood, a neighborhood which desperately needs a hospital.
October 30, 1972 - Consumer injuries from snowmobiles, snow blowers, bicycles and other machines being analyzed by NICE for safety standards. NICE, a committee operating under the US Food and Drug Administration analyze safety standards and statistics.
October 30, 1972 - Human growth week, Dr. Allan Drash, M.D. Director of the Clinical Studies Center of Children's Hospital at Pittsburgh and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh?s School of Medicine. Psychological problems tend to be more of a problem than physical functioning issues. Severe short stature can be a potential social problem; it can make it difficult to be hired for jobs. Some physical problems can be an inability to drive a car. The desks are too big in school, toilets too high.
October 30, 1972 - Coordination of medical training throughout the state of Minnesota. The future medical needs in central Minnesota. Linkages could be made between health care providers. The 3 million dollars from the University of Minnesota could be used towards training of doctors around the state. Importance of maintaining training of doctors and nurses
February 7, 1973 - Why men would choose to have a vasectomy. Side effects are much more minimal than the hormone treatment for women, but the simplest and most surefire birth control method is the vasectomy. However, men and partners should consider whether they want children before getting a vasectomy.
February 7, 1973 - Primarily because of experiments on animals and some humans, the vasectomy is seen as a good method of birth control as it has few side effects for the man. The procedure involves cutting the vas deference, which prevents the sperm from leaving the body. The sperm is then absorbed into the male's body.