Medicine: Ike's Convalescence

Every year hundreds of thousands of Americans suffer first attacks of coronary thrombosis, 170,000 of them men between 40 and 60. Of the total, 80% survive to enter the anxious period of convalescence through which President Eisenhower is low passing. The high survival rate is more a testimony to the toughness of the heart and better recent understanding of how it functions than to any radical advances in medication. Neither new surgical techniques nor wonder drugs have proved useful in treating coronary thrombosis.

Moreover, heart specialists differ widely in their theories of what causes coronary disease. It is variously attributed to the...

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