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Health / Cancer and Discrimination / Leukemia / Naples Mystery Disease #58337

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Feb 08, 1979
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(Studio) Results of study at University of South California with regard to attitude of employers and co-workers to employee returning to job after cancer treatment reported.
REPORTER: Max Robinson

(Hinsdale, Illinois) Cancer patient Julie Hodgins' attitude towards disease and that of acquaintances described. [HODGINS - discusses friends' reactions to her disease with Northwestern Hospital counselor Barbara Flynn.] [Cancer patient Dan KUBIK - describes unusu. greeting given him by his company on return from cancer surgery.] Kubik's contention that he was fired because of disease stated; report from California division of American Cancer Society re: no. of cancer patients believing they have suffered job discrimination due to illness noted. [KUBIK - comments.] Metropolitan Life Ins. Company study on work performance of cancer patients detailed. Lawsuits now being filed by patients who feel discriminated against in jobs reported [Advocates for the Handicapped attorney Ed PARSONS - comments on public reaction to cancer and its victims.] [KUBIK - comments.]
REPORTER: Ron Miller

(Studio) Report of physicians writing in "New England Journal of Med." with regard to cure rate of childhood leukemia detailed.
REPORTER: Max Robinson

(Studio) World Health Org. (WHO) request of 3 American scientists for aid in diagnosing mystery disease killing babies in Naples, Italy, noted. Disease rptdly. called "dark disease of Mt. Vesuvius."
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(Naples, Italy) Details given about disease, found thruout world but apparently with higher mortality rate in Naples and area surrounding base of Mt. Vesuvius.
REPORTER: Bill Blakemore

Blakemore, Bill;
Miller, Ron;
Reynolds, Frank;
Robinson, Max

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