HISTORY: F.D.R.'s Conspiracy of Silence

The patient was obviously sick. As the naval doctor conducted the physical, he saw that the hands of the man on the table shook noticeably, though he was only 62. His circulation was slow, his blood pressure was about 25 points high (186 over 108), and there was a pronounced murmur in his heart as the mitral valve failed to close properly. He showed signs of an advanced case of hardening of the arteries. Listening with a stethoscope to the labored breathing, the doctor decided that the man had fluid in his lungs....

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