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December 14, 1957


Author Affiliations


Supervisor, Services for Aging, Illinois Public Aid Commission.; Members of Committee on Aging are Drs. H. B. Mulholland, Chairman, Charlottesville, Va.; Edward L. Bortz, Philadelphia; Henry A. Holle, Austin, Texas; Wingate M. Johnson, Winston-Salem, N. C.; Theodore G. Klumpp, New York; Frederick C. Swartz, Lansing, Mich.; and Cecil Wittson, Omaha. Committee Staff: Mr. George W. Cooley, Secretary, and Mr. Herbert B. Norton, Research Assistant.

JAMA. 1957;165(15):1965-1968. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.72980330008017

The medical profession, as well as the rest of modern America, faces a new educational task today—learning and teaching how to make the most of the years following the achievement of maturity. In the last decade those devoting major attention to gerontology have been impressed by multiple indications that this new educational need has developed to the point where it is imperative that it receive additional consideration both by organizations and by individuals. So far, serious work on this subject has been carried primarily by a few universities, by a scattering of far-sighted professional people (including doctors), and by a small group of progressive industries. In addition, several organizations, notably the National Committee on the Aging of the National Social Welfare Assembly, have significantly stimulated the collection, digestion, and dissemination of relevant material. Nevertheless, these efforts do not yet even approach the dimensions of a satisfactory program for our older