Over 55: A Handbook on Health

Over 55: A Handbook on Health

Over 55: A Handbook on Health

Over 55: A Handbook on Health

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Realizing the increasing needs of our population 55 years and over, the Director of The Franklin Institute Press asked that I gather together a group of experts to explain in an understandable manner some medical, social, emotional, financial and legal matters that concern this age group. It was impossible to record all the problems and solutions, but during discussions with Lynn Hubschman, Director of the Social Service Department, Pennsylvania Hospital, important topics were selected to enrich and support the portion of our population that has successfully completed the stages of childhood, adolescence and early adult life.

Never has there been gathered together in one volume so much information concerning these major issues of living. The selection of authors was relatively easy since an abundance of expert medical talent exists at the Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, our nation's first hospital. We are indebted to the contributing authors, all authorities in their specific areas of interest, for their cooperation, enthusiasm and patience. We hope that not only the person age 55 and over and those preparing for this age group will benefit, but also support groups of specialists, for example, social service workers, physicians, clergy, government health providers, will glean information about people entering the maturing years.

I specifically wish to acknowledge my gratitude and deep appreciation to the following: Joyce Richmond, artist, for her devoted interest and her ability to interpret doctors' ideas and record them in a pictorial form to convey specific ideas; to Margaret Bossard for precise and diligent work in keeping track of the authors, mailings, manuscripts, proofs, etc.; and to Christine Schwenk, our executive secretary, whose skill permitted us to take on the additional tasks of editing this book in conjunction with running an active medical practice.

I express my sincere appreciation to the staff of The Franklin Institute Press for their invaluable assistance in every area of this undertaking.

Theodore G. Duncan, M.D.

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