Cardiology: Treating an Ex-President

Rarely in medical history has a pa tient received such intensive treatment and survived so long after so many heart attacks as Dwight David Eisenhower. To some extent, that endurance could be ascribed to the elusive and in tangible quality that laymen call "constitution." Equal credit must go to the extraordinary assemblage of talent and technology at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. No more than about 20 other U.S. hospitals can boast a comparable cardiology staff and facilities.

After Eisenhower's first heart attack in 1955, the question arose whether he should have surgery. The answer was no, because no...

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