May 1965

When the Cheering Stopped: The Last Years of Woodrow Wilson.

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By Gene Smith. Price, $5.95. Pp 308. William Morrow and Co., Inc., 425 Park Ave So, New York, NY 10016, 1964.

Arch Intern Med. 1965;115(5):620-621. doi:10.1001/archinte.1960.03860170102030

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This is an excellent and well-written and very interesting book which should be read by all physicians, if only because it is the story of a man whose brain was slowly but steadily destroyed by a number of strokes, big and little. As many people know, the first destructive one hit President Wilson in February 1919, when he was in Paris fighting for a fair and decent ending of World War I. Almost certainly, the President Wilson had begun to have little strokes before he left Washington, because he developed a twitching and jerking of half of his face—an annoyance which kept up for years. Rapidly he became gaunt and haggard and pale. His hair seemed to become whiter every day. When not hard at work, he would sit silently, or play solitaire—a bent man no longer young.

"His temper grew short," "he seemed worn and old,"... "He felt as

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