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July 1967

Churchill Taken From the Diaries of Lord Moran: The Struggle for Survival.

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Arch Intern Med. 1967;120(1):119-122. doi:10.1001/archinte.1967.00300010121027

This account of Winston Churchill from his 65th to 85th years affords much insight into the man, and also into the ways of the government. For the interested physician, there is the genius of political leadership— and the sobering day to day tale of human disintegration. Here is presented the sad evidence that the man mainly responsible for the contraction of Hitler's Reich and for planning the reconstruction of a postwar world, could not maintain spirit in his declining years. Not even the brilliant and the great are exempt from the tragedy of aging.

Winston Churchill was never an ordinary person. Self-educated, he discovered his aptitude for words early. Depreciated by his parents and brow-beaten by his classmates at Harrow, he had to learn to disguise his apprehensions and to rid himself of the bonds of depression. He said that he gained a lot by not overworking his brain when

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