THE continued illness, and consequent physical weakness, of his Majesty the King nil the minds of his devoted people with anxiety and their hearts with deep sympathy for all the members of the royal family. During the past month the thoughts of millions of citizens at home and overseas have been turned towards the bed of sickness at Buckingham Palace, and every bulletin recording the King's condition has been eagerly awaited. It is not surprising that the very trying time through which his Majesty has been passing should have led to weakness and almost to exhaustion, but by using every resource at the disposal of modern medical science, the royal physicians have been able to maintain his strength sufficiently to justify the hope that the troublesome malady and its effects will be completely overcome, though progress towards perfect health may be slow. What we are anxiously watching is veritably a fight against disease with weapons provided by the best existing knowledge of bacteriology, radiology and electro-therapy, aseptic surgery and neurology. We cannot entertain any other thought than that through these applications of science and medical skill his Majesty will be preserved for many years yet to receive the homage of his faithful people.
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News and Views. Nature 122, 970–974 (1928). https://doi.org/10.1038/122970a0