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April 6, 1907


JAMA. 1907;XLVIII(14):1189. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02520400041009

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Railroad managers, who are generally understood to know their own interests and those of the corporations under their charge, are undergoing apparently a change of views, at least in some cases, as to the expediency of excluding men of full majority or middle age from employment. If this is as we must suppose the result of experience, it means that the man of over 35 has been found to have still a reasonably long period of usefulness before him, even in the trying duties of a railroad employé. Heretofore it has been the theory that it is not profitable for roads to employ men over this age, and this, it seems, has been found too narrow a limit. While there is no doubt that many men are at their best efficiency before the fourth decade has passed, it does not necessarily follow that this is always the case or that

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