Medicine: The First Patient

Most of the U.S. officials and private communications experts who visited Peking this month were interested in scheduling and press coverage for President Nixon's trip to China. Colonel Chester Ward, however, inspected Peking Hospital, checking out such matters as anesthesiology equipment and the supply of A-positive fresh blood, the President's type. On returning to Washington, Dr. Ward reported to his boss, White House Physician Walter Tkach, and gave the hospital good marks. The exercise was not academic; if Richard Nixon should need hospital care in China, he will get it in Peking Hospital's...

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