Medicine: Too Busy To Be Sick

Recurrent illness over the last two years had made it plain that Anna Eleanor Roosevelt needed the detailed attention of a specialist in diagnosis. But she was as contemptuous of fuss and feathers in regard to her health as in other matters; she brushed aside suggestions that she subject herself to major medical procedures. Mrs. Roosevelt was unfitted by temperament to be an invalid. She liked to say: "I'm too busy to be sick."

From the Marrow. For at least two years, Mrs. Roosevelt had been anemic. Doctors established that her bone marrow was not producing enough blood cells, but why this...

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