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A HISTORY OF GREAT ADVANCES

Dear Ann Landers: In view of the recent shootings at a Los Angeles Jewish community center, please run this column again. Maybe it will wake people up. -- A Faithful Reader in Virginia

Dear Virginia: That column first appeared in July 1981. It was written by Sam Levinson. Here is the updated version printed in 1991. The research was done by David Gaus.

An answer to an anti-Semite

It's a free world. You don't have to like Jews if you don't want to, but if you are going to be an anti-Semite, you should be consistent and turn your back on the medical advances that Jews made possible.

I am talking about the vaccine for hepatitis discovered by Baruch Blumberg, the Wasserman test for syphilis developed by August Von Wasserman, and the first effective drug to fight syphilis developed by Paul Ehrlich. Bela Schick developed the diagnostic skin test for diphtheria. Insulin would not have been discovered if Oskar Minkowski had not demonstrated the link between diabetes and the pancreas. It was Burrill Crohn who identified the disease that bears his name. Alfred Hess discovered that vitamin C could cure scurvy. Casimir Funk was the first to use vitamin B to treat beri-beri. Jonas Salk developed the first polio vaccine, and later, Albert Sabin developed the oral version.

Humanitarianism requires that we offer these gifts to all the people of the world, regardless of race, color or creed. So the anti-Semites who don't want to accept these gifts can go ahead and turn them down, but you aren't going to feel so good.

Talk it out

Dear Ann Landers: Please tell "Jane in Wisconsin," who is depressed over the death of her infant son, to get help from the Compassionate Friends. It helps the grieving process to tell the story of your child, and the Compassionate Friends listen because they know the terrible, all-consuming pain and sorrow that follows the death of a child, no matter what the age. You never get over it, but with time, it is possible to put the sadness behind you and live a normal life again.

-- Dottie in Virginia
Dear Dottie: Once again, I urge individuals who are having a difficult time recovering from the loss of a loved one to contact this splendid organization and avail yourself of the help that is there for you. The address is: Compassionate Friends Inc., P.O. Box 3696, Oak Brook, Ill., 60522-3696. (Internet: www.compassionatefriends.org).

Note of discord

Dear Ann Landers: I am the mother of a 4-year-old daughter. She is starting to receive invitations to children's birthday parties, and this has created a problem. We spend at least $15 on each gift, but we rarely receive any thank-you notes from those who have received them. I would not dream of sending my daughter to a party without a present, nor would I prevent her from attending these parties, because she would feel left out. I am, however, beginning to feel like an open checkbook. What should I do about this?

-- Budd Lake, N.J.
Dear Budd: Emily Post says when a gift is opened and the donor is thanked personally, no thank-you note is necessary. Sorry -- I do not agree with Emily. In my opinion, a verbal thank-you is not sufficient. Anyone who takes the time and trouble to buy a gift should receive a handwritten note.

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