When the Disease Is Also a Cure

In the literature of illness, it is a familiar theme that diseases of the body can be good for the soul. Evidence for this was plain to see last week, when Rudy Giuliani--the highly effective, habitually angry mayor of New York City--announced that he is battling early-stage prostate cancer.

In 6 1/2 years as mayor, Giuliani has been called many things. Soulful is not one of them. And yet there he was last week, standing before the press in the Blue Room of city hall--the scene of countless mayoral dudgeons, badgerings and belittlings--talking candidly, gracefully and, yes, soulfully about the disease...

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