THE PRESIDENCY: The Anvil of Office

Harry Truman's hair had turned almost white in the past year, and the lines in his face had deepened. His wrinkle-cheeked grin was still to be seen, but at times it seemed forced and perfunctory. During the past month the President's physician, Brigadier General Wallace Graham, began watching him a little anxiously—the Korean crisis and the death of the President's old friend and press secretary, Charlie Ross, had hit Harry Truman hard, and he showed it. Last week Graham put his patient through a complete and detailed physical checkup.

The President had shown occasional signs of nervous strain, mainly by...

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