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November 16, 1957


Author Affiliations

Chairman, Geriatrics Committee Utah State Medical Association 465 E. South Temple Salt Lake City 2.

JAMA. 1957;165(11):1488. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980290128022

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To the Editor:—  I read with interest the recent article appearing in The Journal, July 27, 1957, page 1477, entitled "Medicine's Biggest Battle: Taming Time." Much of what was written was to the point and pertinent. I have some questions about the discussion following the section entitled What About Retirement. The aim is in the correct direction, but the target, I feel, is not the right one. Let me make my point by using the partial sentence: "... how essential it is for elderly patients to retain the status and worth-whileness which comes with regular employment."Is retirement the real problem? Does the adding of life to years depend upon remaining in the business world? I think not.Today we face the problems produced by the later years, life after the age of 65. It is wrong to consider this phase as part of adulthood. Much of what was done in

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