I wish to acknowledge the efforts of those individuals who helped with the preparation of Nutrition Across the Life Span. They include Susie Wood, Amy Pearse, Jean Mitchell, and Sharon Hartley. Their suggestions have been especially helpful, and I am grateful to each for her contributions. Manuscript prepraration would have been impossible without the time, skill, and patience of Anne Schweininer, Mindy Smith, and Karla Reicher.
I also would like to thank the many persons at W.B. Saunders Company who worked so tirelessly in the various phases of planning and producing this book. I am particularly grateful to Daniel T. Ruth, formerly of Saunders, for his support, encouragement, and helpful ideas—especially the "what ifs" that defined the development of this text. Special gratitude goes to Maura Connor, Nursing Editor, and her staff, who provided input, assistance, and encouragement whenever it was needed. A special thanks goes to Peggy Gordon and her staff for generous assistance throughout the production process.
I am particularly indebted to the professors who served as critical reviewers. The insight, perspective, encouragement, and valuable ideas of the reviewers are most appreciated.