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Hadassah Director Reports on Medical Research Achievements

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The first public report of research dealing with the effects of color on the equilibrium of human beings was made public today by Dr. Karona J. Mann, director-general of the Hadassah Medical Organization in Israel, in an address before the executive committee of Hadassah here.

Dr. Mann, who arrived in the United States recently to confer with Hadassah leader is also a member of the Committee of Specialists of the World Health Organization and of the National Health Council of Israel. In a special statement on the effects of color on equilibrium, Dr. Mann declared:

“One of our research projects of great significance deals with the effects of color on the equilibrium of human beings. Professor Louis Halpern, head of the Neurologic Department of the Hadassah-University Hospital in Jerusalem, has discovered that a certain number of patients suffered from disturbances of balance as a result of certain pathological conditions in the brain. These disturbances of balance, Dr. Halpern determined, could be ameliorated or aggravated by applying certain sensory stimult. For example, the application of red glasses to the patients’ visual fields resulted in the gross aggravation of imbalance. On the other hand, the application of blue glasses corrected the imbalance and the involuntary movements associated with it.

“The significance of this research lies in the interrelationship of motor and sensory influences affecting the voluntary and involuntary systems of the body, specifically there basic organs of life, such as the heart, lungs, etc. This field of research is a competency virgin one and opens up new frontiers for neurology, physiology and psychiatry.”

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