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June 8, 1957


JAMA. 1957;164(6):670-673. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980060046012

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DALLAS SESSIONS ON AGING  No employee should be retired arbitrarily on the basis of age, according to the American Medical Association Committee on Aging. The Committee, which met in Dallas, Texas, last April 27 and 28 for the second of its series of regional sessions, takes the position that chronological age is not an adequate measure, and that attitudes on arbitrary retirement age require more investigation."There is no general yardstick but, instead, individualized situations," said a Committee member, Dr. Frederick C. Swartz of Lansing, Mich. "Our concern should be how the oldster can use what he has left— a matter of proper assignment of available skills. I know of one telephone company that has the help wanted sign out for women 65 to 85 years old—no younger women need apply."Another Committee member, Dr. Henry A. Holle, Texas state commissioner of health, said, "The value of the productive capacity

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