Abstracts

Date01 December 1970
Publication Date01 December 1970
DOI10.1177/000486587000300419
SubjectAbstract
AUST. &N.Z. JOURNAL OF CRIMINOLOGY (Dec., 1970): 3, 4 255
A. A. Bartholomew was elected Convener
of
the
Section
and
Dr. D. T. Barnes was
elected Secretary-Treasurer.
John
Barry Appeal. Donations amounting
to a total of $1120
were
acknowledged in
the
September
number
of this Journal.
The
following
further
donations
have
been
received: Victoria Law Foundation, $5000;
William Buckland Estate, $1000; Govern-
ment
of Victoria, $200; Dr. J. L. Robson,
New Zealand, $50; Hon. E. M. Bingham,
Tasmania; Mrs. Neilma Gantner, Victoria;
Sir
Henry Winneke, Victoria, each $20;
Abstracts
Medical Practice and
Abortion
Law
in
Australia
(1970), Winton, R., WId. Med.J.
17 4 88-90.
THIS brief article surveys
the
general
scene in Australia. Beginning
with
astate-
ment
of
the
similarity
between
Australia
and
Britain prior to 1968
the
author
goes
on to comment on
the
recommendation
of
the
National Health
and
Medical
Research Council in
that
year; on a recom-
mendation made by a
branch
of
the
Aus-
tralian
Medical Association;
and
on
the
judgment
in R v Davidson delivered by
Menhennitt J. In addition,
the
author
notes
the
activities of a Dr. Bertram
Wainer
(of Victoria)
who
made
public
statements
regarding abortions carried
out
by himself
and
adverts
to
the
recent legis-
lation passed in
South
Australia which
is
somewhat
similar to
the
British Abortion
Act. This article makes no pretence to
deal with the subject in
any
detail,
but
it
is a useful pointer to
the
general
trend
and
its value is enhanced in
that
nearly
the
whole of
the
number
of
the
journal is
devoted to
the
topic of
abortion
in different
countries: United
States
of America,
the
Netherlands, Chile, Sweden, Norway,
the
United Kingdom,
and
India. In addition,
Dr. J. R. Gosset of Paris
writes
on "A New
Look at Eugenics".
Symposium on Drug Abuse (1970) Med.J.
Aust. i 1195-1220.
THE symposium
was
held in Melbourne
on 27 November 1969
under
the
aegis of
Professor J. LL. J. Edwards, Canada,
$17.48; Mrs. Phyllis Frost, Victoria; Dr.
D. MeL. Thompson, Canada; Mr. J. C.
Walker, Victoria, each $10.
Other
donations have
been
received
from: Mr. T. R. Carney, Victoria; Mrs.
Audrey Hudspeth, Tasmania; Mr. B. Keall,
Western
Australia; Mr. J. G. Mackay,
Tasmania; Mr. J. F. Moloney, Victoria;
Mr. E. N. Plumridge, Victoria; Mr. A. G.
Webb, North Queensland. Total
(at
Nov. 1,
1970), $7506.48.
Further
donations will be acknowledged
in
the
next
number of
the
Journal.
the Australian Society of Clinical
and
Experimental Pharmacologists. The papers
read,
and
later
published, were,
for
the
most
part, concerned
with
a
review
of
the
abuse
problem in relation to a
particular
class of drug. The
papers
read
were:
"The Epidemiology of Drug Overdosage"
(Whitlock, F. A.); "The Pharmacology of
Barbiturates"
(Shulman,
A.);
"Interaction
Between Barbiturates, Alcohol
and
Some
Psychotropic Drugs" (Milner, G.); "The
Place of Barbiturates in Psychiatric Treat-
ment"
(Meares, R.); "Amphetamine Addic-
tion" (Bartholomew, A. A.); "Hallucino-
gens" (Mowbray, R. M.); "Epidemiology of
Alcohol Abuse" (Rankin, J. G.).
The Sydrome of
Barbiturate
Dependence
(1970), Whitlock, F. A. Med.J.Aust.
ii
391-396.
THIS
article
compares apopulation (100)
of female patients who
were
barbiturate
dependent with amatched
group
of female
patients
not
dependent.
Factors
in
the
production of dependency
might
be
generally
stated
to be
"stressful
experi-
ences"
and
included operations (particu-
larly gynaecological), psychiatric illness
and bereavement. In addition
it
is sug-
gested
that
barbiturate
is largely an
iatrogenic disorder
and
that
medical
practitioners need to be
more
aware
of
the
condition.
.Drug Dependence in Brisbane (1970),
Abrahams, M. J., Armstrong, J.,
and
Whit-
lock, F. A. Med.J.Aust. ii 397-404.
THIS
article
investigates
the
prevalence
of
drug
dependence in six
groups
of indi-
viduals: psychiatric in-patients, psychiatric
out-patients, medical
and
surgical in-
patients, medical
and
surgical out-patients,
patients
attending a
number
of general
practitioners'
surgeries,
and
a
group
of
healthy
persons attending a clinic for
routine chest X-rays. In general
terms

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