The Law: Can Douglas Cope?

As he convalesced at Walter Reed Army Medical Center from the stroke he suffered last New Year's Eve, iron-willed and gallant Justice William O. Douglas, 76, was frequently more optimistic about his progress than his doctors. Medical experts questioned whether he would regain use of his left leg and arm, paralyzed by the stroke (TIME, Feb. 17). Doctors were also reportedly disturbed by his mental as well as physical state. Douglas objected to a psychoneurological examination and complained about plots to kill him or remove him from the bench. Last week, six days...

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