Nearly three decades ago, Dr. Mark Plaster, then the director of the emergency room at a Delaware hospital, had to break the bad news to Joe Biden: The senator's life was in danger.
Biden, complaining of neck and head pain during the 1988 presidential campaign, had an aneurysm that was bleeding in his brain. Biden wanted to go to what was then the Walter Reed Army Medical Center for treatment. Plaster was worried he wouldn't make it.
"I went in to talk to him and said, 'You need to go to neurosurgery now,'" Plaster said. "'If you blow that, you will die in front of me.'"
The vice president's recovery and subsequent political career are well...