The Press: Charting the Candidates

A politician's doctor may not yet be as important as his campaign manager, but health is becoming an increasingly important factor in judging presidential candidates. In the post-Watergate atmosphere, politicians are willing to disclose a lot about themselves (sometimes, perhaps, more than many voters want to know). When the weekly magazine Medical World News asked contenders for their medical records, all complied readily, except former Democratic Senator Eugene McCarthy. Herewith capsule diagnoses of the physical health of the major candidates, announced and unannounced:

President Gerald Ford, 62. After annual physical examination at Bethesda...