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March 6, 1954


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JAMA. 1954;154(10):854. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02940440052019

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To the Editor:—  In the editorial "Inactivity or Employment for Older Workers" (J. A. M. A.154:242 [Jan. 16] 1954) appears the statement: "The best solution is the creation of a panel to include one or more high level executives and the industrial physician to judge each case on its merits...." In my opinion the presence of management representatives on such a panel is undesirable, as it arouses a sense of suspicion in the employee and among interested union officials. This distrust was apparent when, in 1952 at the request of the U.A W.-C.I.O., the question of compulsory retirement of employees at age 68 was reviewed by officials of a corporation of which I was then medical director.After a combined study, a new agreement superseding the existing contract was accepted. The salient features were those that follow. 1. Each union member is asked to report to the medical

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