November 6, 2014 |
Maurice Abramson, 103, formerly of Elkins Park, a family physician who practiced in Kensington for many years, died Friday, Oct. 24, at his home in Plantation, Fla. Born in Newark, N.J., Dr. Abramson spent his childhood in Belleville, N.J., where he learned to play the violin. He graduated from Cornell University in 1933 and Thomas Jefferson Medical College in 1937. After serving an internship at Philadelphia General Hospital for two years, he set up a family practice in Kensington with the aim of becoming an obstetrician and gynecologist.
April 7, 1989 |
For 40 years, Morris Friedman, an orthopedic surgeon from South Bend, Ind., went the old sawbones route. A patient came in with an aching back, the doc ordered physical therapy or suggested a change of lifestyle. If he found a herniated disk, he'd do surgery. But some patients never seemed to get better - no matter what the doctor ordered. And so, almost two years ago, Friedman began doing something unusual for Indiana. He started doing acupuncture on people. Some got better.
August 2, 1991 |
The summer has been a season of enlightenment for us guys. We've learned how to evolve from aggressive, aloof and selfish creatures into docile, caring and committed new men, thanks to the helpful instruction of such movies as "Regarding Henry," and now "The Doctor. " Each movie shows us a handy method we can use to improve ourselves. In "Regarding Henry," ruthless lawyer Harrison Ford discovers his touchy- feely side after undergoing an involuntary Smith and Wesson lobotomy.
June 22, 2013 |
Despite a painful past marked by time in Nazi labor and concentration camps, relatives said, Peter Siegler's warm and humorous personality never hardened. Dr. Siegler, 89, of Haverford, died Wednesday, June 5, of heart disease at his Naples, Fla., townhouse. The Hungarian native's first impression of America came in 1945, when he was starving and sick after spending about six months in a concentration camp in Austria during his 20s. He was liberated by soldiers, and when he asked for a smoke, a GI handed him not just one cigarette but a pack of Camels.
May 28, 1990 |
John H. Taeffner, 86, a physician who dedicated his life to his patients and was decorated for his work in the Army Medical Corps during World War II, died Friday at the Tel-Hai Nursing Center in Honeybrook. He lived most of his life in Germantown. "He was a very quiet, very unassuming man," said one of his nieces, Barbara Kulp. "He always did more for others than they did for him. " Dr. Taeffner, who suffered from emphysema, died early Friday of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, according to the nursing center.
October 2, 1997 |
Dr. Abraham L. "Babe" Price, 68, formerly of Elkins Park, a family physician known for his understanding and patience, died Monday at the Florida Medical Center Hospital in Fort Lauderdale after going into cardiac arrest. "His practice in Philadelphia was unique," said his wife of 22 years, Sylvia Meyers Price. "He delivered more than 1,000 babies and cared for multiple generations of the same families. " Dr. Price had a diploma from the American Osteopathic Board of Family Practice and was an assistant clinical professor in the Physicians Assistant Program at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale.
June 14, 1989 |
Christopher M. Turman, Jr., 85, longtime head of obstetrics and gynecology at Abington Memorial and Germantown Hospitals, died Monday in Spring House. During nearly 40 years of practicing medicine in the Philadelphia area, Dr. Turman was so popular among his patients that many named their children after him, according to friends and family members. "His patients absolutely adored him," recalled Frederick H. Bartlett Jr., who took over Dr. Turman's practice about 10 years ago. "When he spoke to them, they had a feeling that he was speaking to them and only to them.
December 6, 2008 |
Jay Spiegelman, 92, formerly of Elkins Park, a retired physician and allergy specialist who shared pollen count information with Philadelphia-area hay-fever sufferers, died of kidney failure Tuesday at the Manor at Oakridge in Harrisburg. Dr. Spiegelman graduated from Germantown High School. He earned bachelor's and medical degrees from Temple University, and interned at Mount Sinai Hospital in Philadelphia. During World War II, he served in the Army Air Force in the United States and Canada.
June 18, 2012 |
In the 1970s, Dr. Mary Hansen would learn ahead of time what soap opera fans across the nation would have hungered to know — what was up next on All My Children and One Life to Live. "She was a close personal friend of Agnes Nixon," the Main Line creator and script writer of both daytime shows, Dr. Hansen's daughter, Barbara Carper, said. "Agnes would send her the scripts and she would read through them and verify their medical accuracy. " It was not a staff position, but, Carper said, "it was a fun thing, fun for me to brag about it. " Her mother "was very quiet, very reserved," Carper said.
January 29, 2010 |
As floodwaters ravaged an Illinois town a few years ago, a newspaper reporter covering the story heard somebody shouting from a porch, asking him to pull a dog out of the torrent. The journalist put his notepad in his pocket, waded into the current, grabbed the flailing dog, and delivered it to its grateful family. The journalist, a former student in my media ethics course, later told me that colleagues who had seen him pull the dog from the flood had chided him for putting aside his journalistic ethics of independence and objectivity to participate in a story he was covering.