Surgery: How Not to Die Of Cancer

A whole generation has grown up since William Powell was a matinee idol noted for his sophisticated suavity in The Thin Man, The Great Ziegfeld and My Man Godfrey. Many of today's moviegoers scarcely know him. But less surprising than his fading reputation is the actor's actual survival. Last week in Palm Springs, Calif., Powell observed the 25th anniversary of his operation for cancer of the rectum. And with the same smooth ease that made him a hit on the screen, Powell spoke frankly of an illness and a treatment that most patients and their relatives...

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