Sir.—Dr Blumberg,1 now 72, wrote an essay about what it feels like to be retired five years after the event. As I read his quite delightful piece I realized how young Dr Blumberg really is. Many retirement experiences are still to come.
I would like to talk about retirement a long way down the road. I, too, am a pediatrician, and at the age of 88, I am about to relinquish my retirement job.
I have had a long and active life with rough spots aplenty but many good ones too!
I wanted to be a doctor from the time I was a little girl, and I made it!
I have been just an ordinary doctor, a doctor for children, not famous, no great discoveries, no important positions, just a doctor on a one-to-one basis with a lot of patients I hope I have helped. I made a
WHIPPLE DV. More Thoughts About Retirement. Am J Dis Child. 1988;142(4):417. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1988.02150040067017