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September 3, 1982

The Red Shift

JAMA. 1982;248(9):1037. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330090013006

The Five-Day Retirement  Sam Farber lived for 70 years in the Midwest. Once he had tried to retire to Florida, but the retirement lasted for only five days. He got home just in time for the first big snowstorm of the winter. Perhaps it was the lifelong habit of working at his furniture business that brought him back, but even when he returned he was still restless. His secretary, who had worked for him for 17 years, was worried. He complained of dizzy spells, pain in his legs when he walked, and no appetite. She badgered him into making an appointment to see me, and I became his physician. At first, Sam didn't have much to say, but when he was convinced that I was working conscientiously to treat his claudication, transient ischemic attacks, and depression, he began to confide in me. By fall, he proudly stomped into my office,