American Notes: Aug 12, 1985

HEALTH No News on a Prominent Nose

As Ronald Reagan greeted visitors last week, reporters glimpsed a scab on the right side of his nose. White House Spokesman Larry Speakes later explained that a dermatologist had removed a small "gathering" of skin from the President's nose two days earlier. To avoid raising new concerns about cancer, Speakes refused to use the term lump or growth, talking instead of a skin irritation that had been aggravated after the President's operation.

The matter might have rested there but did not, in part because the White House refused to answer other questions on the...

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