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Leisure is one source of temptation. When a physician retires, not the least of his temptations is to write another book on aging wherein he may once more display his wit and wisdom, give counsel, reiterate certain pet anecdotes concerning some more or less famous patients and indulge in a little wishful thinking in order to reassure himself that his own senescence is not as bad as he fears it is. Such indulgence can make pleasant reading. Dr. Clarence Lieb's style is charming, freely flowing and intimately conversational. His discussion of the major "facts of life" as they apply to senescence and senescents is sound, though the organization of his material is rather confused. For example, arthritis, neuritis, prostatitis and the need for ample time for convalescence are all brought together.
The book should prove particularly helpful to those who fear old age and, lacking the courage or imagination to
Outwitting Your Years. JAMA. 1949;141(2):165. doi:10.1001/jama.1949.02910020059036
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