The strains of Star Dust, played by the Melachrino Strings, wafted from the eighth-floor tower room at Denver's Fitzsimons Army Hospital. An idle glassene oxygen tent was placed outside the door m the flower-banked corridor. Inside the room, the world's most important hospital patient rested comfortably and listened to the music. A week after his heart attack President Eisenhower was making steady progress toward recovery.

The President's path of progress was measured in small but significant steps. After four days, the use of narcotics was dropped (although Ike continued to receive anticoagulants,...

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