Medicine: Nobody Gets Younger

Medically, a man may be only as old as his arteries. But an airplane pilot has more complicated problems as he begins to get older. He has to worry about his "functional age." Last week Psychologist Ross A. McFarland of Harvard's School of Public Health told the Gerontological Society in Manhattan that a pilot is as old as his vision, or his "motor skill," or his general ability to adjust to the demands of his job. No exact age limit should be set for pilot retirement, McFarland said, but life in the sky certainly does not begin at 40.*

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