Reagan's Toughest Fight

Both the President and his presidency face an uncertain prognosis

Shortly after noon on Saturday, July 20, President Ronald Reagan walked out of Bethesda Naval Hospital and into a changed world. With a golden career and a life of good health behind him, the 74-year-old President now faced the full impact of his mortality and a future marked by constant vigilance against the recurrence of his cancer. For the first time in its history, the U.S. faced the prospect of a sitting President who, no matter how dramatic his recovery, would be followed by the shadow of a major disease for the rest of his presidency. If the President's personal prognosis...

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