'A Vigorous Man': A Poem Excerpted From Mitt Romney's Doctor's Note

The GOP candidate's campaign has made public a letter from his physician, which glowingly clears the former governor for presidential duty.

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A Vigorous Man

He has reserves of strength,

The ability to meet unexpected demands,

No physical impairments,

The next President of the United States.


Slow,

resting,

regular heart rate.


Appears years younger than his age,

Intensive exercise with regular running,

Close observation of the prostate,

Leadership skills.


He is a vigorous man.


-Words by Dr. Ronald D. Gaz, arranged by James Hamblin

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James Hamblin, MD, is a senior editor at The Atlantic. He writes the health column for the monthly magazine and hosts the video series If Our Bodies Could Talk.

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