CBS Evening News for Monday, Aug 07, 1972
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(Studio) American doctors experiment with acupuncture.
(La Crosse, WI) Accident victim learns to use arms and legs again. [Pool therapy shown.] He recently underwent experimental operation to end 17 years of debilitating pain resulting from auto accident. New technique resembles Chinese acupuncture, in that is stimulates 1 nerve to block pain from another. Electronic device implanted in body. [Neurosurgeon, Dr. Norman SHEALY - shows x-ray device in body. Technique, dorsicolumn stimulation, stimulates spinal cord sensory fibers which inhibit pain.] [Mrs. Lucy GAINES - describes sensation of implanted stimulator.] Paraplegics, amputees, cancer victims treated; success rate 70%.
REPORTER: Bruce Hall
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