Columnists: Lady at War

All through the long plane trip home from Viet Nam last September, Columnist Marguerite Higgins was violently ill. Her body ached; her fever flared as high as 105 degrees. At home, intermittent bouts of pain and fever drained her strength, but she continued to write three columns a week. In early November she had to be hospitalized at Walter Reed. Doctors at first thought that she had picked up the drug-resistant malaria that has reached almost epidemic proportions in Viet Nam. Later, they suspected she might have cancer. But an exploratory operation...

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