THE CAMPAIGN: Out of Action

Just when the adjournment of Congress promised a wide-open campaign trail, Richard Nixon discovered that he was not only running against Jack Kennedy but against a crippling opponent named hemolytic Staphylococcus aureus. A few days after he banged his left knee on an automobile door during his quick campaign trip to Greensboro, N.C., he began to sense that something was wrong. The knee swelled, but instead of going to a doctor, Nixon just bandaged the leg himself. Ten days after the accident he turned himself in to Walter Reed General Hospital for tests. A doctor drained off a...

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