National Affairs: Dr. Snyder's Patient

Flying to Denver last fortnight to dedicate Mamie Doud Eisenhower Park, the First Lady left her Brown Palace Hotel suite only twice in five days, limited her dedicatory remarks to a few words of thanks. Last week Denver's sharp-eyed observers learned why her schedule had been sharply curtailed. White House Physician Howard McC. Snyder, who had accompanied her west, accompanied her also to Washington's Walter Reed Army Hospital, stood by while an Army gynecologist did a two-hour hysterectomy.

Eight hours after the operation, still groggy from the anesthesia, Mamie had a visitor. Carrying a bouquet of "Mamie Pink" carnations, President Eisenhower paid...

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