Medicine: Operation at the Palace

King George VI's subjects and well-wishers everywhere learned a little more this week about his operation. The drastic surgery to which he submitted was to remove an obstruction (probably cancerous, but the King's doctors still would not say) in the left bronchus, a branch of the windpipe leading to the left lung.

In deciding to risk the operation, the King was guided by advisers of his own choosing. In all but their most private affairs, Britain's constitutional monarchs do what they are told, but the government has no say in their choice of doctors....

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