October has meant celebrations in Baltimore. There was victory in the World Series and, at The Johns Hopkins University, the 50th anniversary celebration of the School of Hygiene and Public Health.
The Johns Hopkins program brought medical scientists to the four-pillar entrance of the hygienepublic health school with which many became familiar as students in the past.
Those participating in the Oct 4 to 6 commemoration tended to be multi-directional in outlook—saluting the past, sizing up the present, and suggesting directions for the future.
Nowhere was this more evident than in a symposium on research prospects in chronic diseases and gerontology.
Pulling together the symposium's subjects, Nathan W. Shock, PhD, observed:
"Since at present humans die of diseases rather than old age, it is probable that few—if any—have reached the full potential of their life span."
Dr. Shock, chief of the Gerontology Branch, National Institute of Child Health and Human