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Letters: Kindred spirits

June 16, 2014 Just a brief note to say that Dr. Robert Horseman's My View commentary in the April 7 ADA News was most appreciated.

Dr. Horseman, you certainly have a natural gift for literary composition. Fortunately, my personal life story is very similar to yours, so I can relate to your reminiscences. We both seem to have experienced unusually good health during these many years, and have been able to continue to be productive and provide services altruistically. I was a member of the class of 1955, University of Illinois College of Dentistry, and have stayed active in organized dentistry. After closing a private practice that my father (U. of I. class of 1924) had begun, I have been able to serve in county public health departments, nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

Presently, we offer mobile geriatric oral health services, and find that it is professionally and personally satisfying, especially when one is the recipient of many hugs and kisses from grateful older folks. I frequently remark that I can now relate to the elderly, because "I are one." Also, at meetings with younger colleagues, I truthfully quote that "Good health in old age is spelled 'Lucky'!" I would suppose that you agree.

Finally, I admire your record as a humor columnist for the Journal of the California Dental Association. I can only hope that, since I wasn't born until 1930, I'll still have a few more years to emulate your 93-year-old perspective.

Deane E. Doolen, D.D.S.
Lincoln, Illinois