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July 14, 1951

Retire and Be Happy.

JAMA. 1951;146(11):1086. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670110106041

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This book contains considerable material of interest to persons about to retire, but its scope and interest are limited to those able to retire with considerable financial provisions. Although the author denies that one must be provided with an adequate income, all his criteria for successful retirement are based on the assumption that this is indeed the fact. Many will differ with the author's conclusion that a man should retire and cease making money as soon as he is able, even if this happens in his thirties or forties rather than in the more usual sixties and seventies. While decrying the needless making of money, the author nevertheless cites with apparent approval a number of instances in which hobbies have turned into lucrative occupations for the retired. The book contains too many glib assumptions, such as that a planned retirement assures a happy retirement and vice versa. In his chapter

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