THE PRESIDENCY: It's Good to Come Clean on Health

Never have Americans had such a detailed tour of the insides of a President as they got last week. They went right down Gerald Ford's alimentary canal, took side excursions through his heart ("no cardiomegaly or precordial lift") and around his liver ("12 cm. in the mid-clavicular line"), paused to contemplate his football knees ("nonpainful patellofemoral crepitation with pressure motion") and prodded other parts that are much more delicate.

The tour guide was Rear Admiral William Lukash, the President's genial doctor. His seven-page report covering Ford's annual physical was given out in all its glorious detail. Dr. Lukash had opposed release;...

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