Medicine: Patient: The President

To physicians talking among themselves, anything that suddenly goes wrong with the blood vessels in the brain is a "C.V.A."—cerebral vascular accident. To physicians talking with patients or other laymen, any C.V.A. is a stroke. President Eisenhower had an accident in one of the blood vessels of his brain; therefore he had a stroke. The White House tried to sidestep the word stroke in Ike's case, on the ground that it suggests paralysis or brain hemorrhage to the layman, but the word actually covers all kinds of C.V.A.s and all degrees of severity,...

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