Medicine: A Private Matter

"An operation of lumbar sympathectomy was performed on the King at 10 a.m. His Majesty's condition is entirely satisfactory."

This succinct palace bulletin informed anxious Britons that their 53-year-old monarch, George VI, had come through a fairly touchy operation to improve the bad leg which has cut down his public appearances ever since last November (TIME, Dec. 6).

Early last week six prominent physicians, with His Majesty's approval, announced their decision to operate. They prepared the Buckingham Palace room where the King's first grandson, Prince Charles, was born last fall. With eight other physicians...

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