Robert and Helen Lynd's Middletown set the format in sociological theory and practice for hundreds of studies in the decades following its publication in 1929. Old People in Three Industrial Societies may well set similar standards for studies in its fi eld for many years to come. In addition to achieving a signifi cant breakthrough in the progress of socio logical research techniques, the book offers a monumental cross-cultural exposition of the health, family relationships, and social and economic status of the aged in three countries-the United States, Britain, and Denmark.
Ethel Shanas (1915-2005) was professor of sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle. Peter Townsend is professor at the Department of Social Policy at the London School of Economics. Dorothy Wedderburn was former principal of Royal Holloway College and founded the School of Management. Henning Friis (1911-1999) was the Director of the Danish National Institute of Social Research. Poul Milhoj was professor of economics at the Copenhagen School of Economics and Business Administration. Jan Stehouwer was Lecturer and Head of the Department of Sociology at the Institute of Political Science of the University of Aarhus.