THE EX-PRESIDENT: Nixon: Surgery, Shock and Uncertainty

The ordeal, mental and physical, of Richard Nixon goes on and on, and so too does the nation's involvement with him.

Last week, less than three months after he was forced to resign the presidency, Nixon lay in critical condition in Long Beach Memorial Hospital Medical Center. The cause was internal bleeding in the wake of sudden surgery for blood clots in his left leg and lower abdomen. It is thought that the anticoagulant drugs he had been taking had caused a tendency toward prolonged bleeding, and he went into shock. His family gathered...

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