Nation: 36 Minutes at Dawn

What the doctors did for Lyndon Baines Johnson in Bethesda Naval Hospital last week was essentially what they would have done for any patient who happened to have the same complaints. But because Johnson is President of the U.S., there was a sort of fail-safe setup —twice the average number of physicians and surgeons.

The night before his surgery, the President was given a routine physical examination. Then the otolaryngologists (ear-nose-throat specialists), headed by Dr. Wilbur J. Gould of Manhattan's Lenox Hill Hospital, reconnoitered the presidential larynx, the territory in which they would be operating at dawn. The polyp, about the shape...

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