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Sept 14, 1963

Sixty-Four and Out

JAMA. 1963;185(11):892-893. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03060110096039

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To the Editor:—  Some time ago there was an editorial in The Journal about the unfairness of forced retirement of men in industry at a stated age. At that time I suggested that a comparable editorial be written about the equal unfairness of a statutory retirement age for hospital staff physicians.Of late much has been written on the subject of continuing education of physicians and the establishment and implementation of educational programs for interns and residents. No one can object. But who is to carry on these programs? The young men, exclusively? Does the wisdom of older men and the restraining hand of experience count for naught? Is the patient served well when young enthusiasm is allowed free rein? Are the young men served well when they are denied the counsel of their elders? To be sure, we want and need the enthusiasm of young men, but often it

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