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The election-year physical

Updated: October 01, 2008

Does disclosure of candidates' health records ensure against an unfit chief executive, or might there be a better approach?

It's become a quadrennial ritual. The media demand the health records of the presidential candidates. The campaign organizations comply. The pundits then compare and contrast the personal data and speculate what they might portend — for the candidate and for the country. The ostensible reason for making the Presidential hopefuls' health histories public is to reveal any factors that may cause their deaths or render them unable to discharge the duties of their office.

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