Presidents: Ike's Biggest Battle

Through one medical crisis after an other, Dwight Eisenhower has shown an astonishing ability to beat the odds. Last week, at 78, he continued to do so, despite the most formidable complications he has ever faced.

Ike had entered Walter Reed Army Hospital ten months ago, after he had suffered his fourth heart attack. Three more followed in close succession. Then, last week, came a 2-hour, 20-minute operation to remove an obstruction in the lower intestine, which can be a serious test of surgical skill under the best of circumstances. Eisenhower's age and cardiac history, which made it extremely...

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