Nation: The World at His Bedside

Not until the illnesses of Dwight Eisenhower was the world treated to the intimate, suture-by-suture reporting of presidential ailments that characterized the official treatment of Lyndon Johnson's operation last week. When Grover Cleveland had an operation for cancer of the jaw in 1893, he slipped away for surgery aboard a boat off Long Island. During the five months when Woodrow Wilson lay paralyzed by a stroke in 1919, the nation was scarcely aware that he was sick. Franklin Roosevelt had been ailing for months before his cerebral hemorrhage in Warm Springs, Ga., in 1945, but the public was told nothing of...

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