The Nation: Nixon: Depressed and Ill

In the debate over President Ford's pardon of his predecessor, the question of Richard Nixon's health emerged last week as a tantalizing issue. What role Nixon's mental and physical condition played in Ford's decision, and indeed what that condition was, were topics of conflicting reports and endless speculation. At week's end one fact became known: in a new attack of thrombophlebitis, Nixon has another painful blood clot in his left leg.

When he announced the pardon, Ford spoke of the allegations and accusations against Nixon as a threat to his health. Within the White House there was—and is—a widespread conviction that Nixon's...

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