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2966US doctors honor Spock, donate soymilk to Iraq

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  • Pamela Rice
    May 1, 2003
      Thursday, May 01, 2003

      Doctors Donating Soymilk and Supplies to Iraqi Children in Honor of
      'Baby Doctor' Spock's 100th Birthday

      To: National Desk, Medical Reporter

      Contact: Colleen Young of the Physicians Committee for Responsible
      Medicine, 202-686-2210 ext. 330 or cyoung@...

      WASHINGTON, May 1, 2003 /U.S. Newswire/ -- The Physicians Committee
      for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) is honoring the life and work of the
      world's most famous pediatrician, Dr. Benjamin Spock, by sending a
      relief convoy to Iraq (news - web sites). The doctors' group is
      donating more than $10,000 worth of medical supplies to a children's
      hospital in Baghdad and enough soymilk to feed up to 30,000 children.
      The donation commemorates what would have been Dr. Spock's 100th
      birthday -- Friday, May 2.

      Dr. Spock is best known for "Baby and Child Care," the best-selling
      secular book of all time. Benjamin Spock was a lifelong activist and
      member of PCRM's advisory board until his death in 1998. He was a
      pacifist and disarmament proponent in addition to being an advocate
      for a non-dairy vegetarian diet for children. He discusses the
      problems a meat and dairy-based diet can cause in the 7th final
      edition of his best-selling book -- a position PCRM also promotes
      through its many campaigns.

      Mary Morgan, Dr. Spock's widow, joins PCRM's commemoration. "My
      husband wanted to be remembered for his work for peace, and this
      shipment to Iraq will bring relief to children in need while
      beautifully commemorating his life's work," she says. PCRM president
      Neal Barnard, M.D., is proud to work with Ms. Morgan and echoes her
      feelings. "They don't make doctors like Ben anymore. He truly cared
      about kids, about peace, and about the best of health, and he
      practiced what he preached," he says.

      PCRM is sending a convoy that will include a 20-foot container of
      soymilk provided by Vitasoy, an international soy beverage company.
      Soymilk is suitable for lactose-intolerant persons, withstands high
      desert temperatures, and requires no refrigeration. PCRM will
      distribute the soymilk and medical supplies to hospitals in Baghdad.
      The medical supplies will include sutures, scalpels, intravenous
      equipment, and anesthesia, among other needed emergency items.

      Ms. Mary Morgan is available for interviews about this project and
      her late husband's dedication to children and peace. Dr. Barnard is
      available to talk about PCRM's donation to Iraq and past work with
      Dr. Spock on dairy alternatives and vegetarian diets for children. To
      set up an interview with Ms. Morgan or Dr. Barnard, please contact
      Colleen Young at 202-686-2210 ext. 330 or cyoung@....