The President: A Near-Perfect Checkup

A Near-Perfect Checkup

The statistics would do a young athlete proud. Blood pressure: 130 over 74. Pulse rate: 57. Weight: 184 lbs., 0 pounds above/below that recommended for a 6-ft. 1-in. male. Yet they belong to a certain 74-year-old whose Oval Office job is mostly sedentary. Ronald Reagan's "overall physical and mental condition is excellent," says Navy Captain Walter Karney, the internist who headed up the team of doctors that administered the examination at the Bethesda Naval Hospital. Reagan's blood pressure this year is even lower than it was last year. <

One problem, apparently minor, blemished the perfect report. The doctors found, as...

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