Medicine: The Man Who Lived

Six years ago 64-year-old James Forbes Whiteford, a U.S. consulting engineer, got the bad news after an operation in London: he was dying of cancer. Whiteford began to live from day to day. He refused a job with the Ministry of Supply, sold his property in Britain, returned to the U.S. to die. Later the same year, Whiteford underwent another operation at Manhattan's Memorial Hospital, was told there was no sign of cancer. He gained weight, felt fine, began writing a book about his postponed date with death.

Last week in London, 70-year-old Whiteford...

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