Nation: Up & Down

For a while last week, the most important instrument of Government was the thermometer that measured the ups and downs of presidential temperature. Even as the nation's most celebrated backache seemed on the mend, John Fitzgerald Kennedy came down with what the White House physician, Dr. Janet Travell, described as a "mixed bacterial and viral infection."

Until the virus came along, the President's month-old lumbosacral strain was, by official accounts, coming along fine. After a couple of days of rest at Middleburg, the President hopped about on his crutches with decreasing evidence of...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!