Medicine: Carter's Injury

Treating those hemorrhoids

When the White House forthrightly announced that Jimmy Carter was in severe pain from a bad case of hemorrhoids and that surgery was being considered, inevitably there were some jokes. It is not an ailment an individual elects to advertise unless, like Carter, he must in order to cancel a day's schedule without giving the stock market a heart attack. There was also a great deal of sympathy, tacit and expressed. Wrote one Egyptian: "May Allah cure you. This illness should have been inflicted on an unjust leader rather than you, O Carter."

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