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Medical History of the
Presidents of the United States


George Washington · John Adams · Thomas Jefferson · James Madison · James Monroe · John Q. Adams · Andrew Jackson · Martin van Buren · William Harrison · John Tyler · James Polk · Zachary Taylor · Millard Fillmore · Franklin Pierce · James Buchanan · Abraham Lincoln · Andrew Johnson · Ulysses Grant · Rutherford Hayes · James Garfield · Chester Arthur · Grover Cleveland · Benjamin Harrison · William McKinley · Theodore Roosevelt · William Taft · Woodrow Wilson · Warren Harding · Calvin Coolidge · Herbert Hoover · Franklin Roosevelt · Harry Truman · Dwight Eisenhower · John Kennedy · Lyndon Johnson · Richard Nixon · Gerald Ford · James Carter · Ronald Reagan · George Bush · William Clinton · George W. Bush · Barack Obama
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Washington, George
1

multiple serious infections

malaria

smallpox

tuberculosis

diphtheria

height

recurrent dysentery

"gloomy apprehensions"

quinsy

sterile

"Stallion"

snored

presbyopia

deafness

pneumonia

skin lesion

teeth

epiglottitis, doctors

proposed reanimation
Adams, John
2

small, but muscular

breakfast beer

respiratory infection

smallpox inoculation

healthy youth

baldness

depression

diet, heartburn, purging

seasickness

smoked and chewed

somatization

somatization #2

erratic

maybe hyperthyroid

liked alcohol

boils

snored

tremor

poor vision

no teeth, lisped

rheumatism

old age
Jefferson, Thomas
3

severe headaches

smallpox inoculation

arm fracture

right wrist fracture

dysentery

back injury

depression

jaw infection

reading glasses

rheumatism and constipation

buttock boils

wrist and arm fracture

weakening

hearing loss

prostatic enlargement

teeth

Asperger Syndrome?

sleep

slaves

timing
Madison, James
4

small

functional disorders

frostbite

chronic cholecystitis

arthritis

aging

faded away
Monroe, James
5

tall and broad

gunshot wound

recurrent malaria

unknown

fever

seizure

general decline

wrist injury

?tuberculosis
Adams, John Q.
6

inbred

baldness

snored

stroke

stroke
Jackson, Andrew
7

slobbering

head and left hand

smallpox

depression

beanpole

chest bullet

left arm and shoulder

malaria

dysentery

bullet removal

diarrhea

addicted?

dropsy
van Buren, Martin
8

short, trim, and vain

heavy drinker

bald and short

snored

colds, etc.

"influenza"

nervous indigestion

gout

asthma

circulatory failure
Harrison, William
9

teetotaler

ulcer?

stress?

pneumonia
Tyler, John
10

thin

symmetric paralysis

dysentery

frequent colds

general ills

stroke
Polk, James
11

hand shaking

cholera
Taylor, Zachary
12

yellow fever

dysentery

malaria #1

chewed tobacco

like a barrel

nearsighted

double vision

malaria #2?

malaria #3

fever

cholera?

tired and haggard

typhoid?

poisoned?
Fillmore, Millard
13

nondrinker

nonsmoker

snored
Pierce, Franklin
14

horse injury

train accident

snored

depression

alcoholic

tuberculosis
Buchanan, James
15

eye defect

eye twitch

serious drinking

snored

dysentery #1

dysentery #2

beaten?
Lincoln, Abraham
16

Introduction

MEN 2B

not color blind

near-drowning

concussion

clubbed in head

axe cut

malaria - 1830

frostbitten feet

malaria - 1835

syphilis

blood type A

marfanoid habitus

pectus excavatum

pseudo-depression

vertical strabismus

presbyopia

jaw fracture

penetrating voice

swollen feet

scarlet fever?

domestic violence

asymmetries

premature aging

face, neck, beard

corns

constipation

food poisoning

dentist phobia

cancer

Willie's death

pulsations

smallpox

strong

receding hairline

gas leak

upset stomach

assassination & resuscitation
Johnson, Andrew
17

big head and chest

typhoid fever

not a drunkard

snored
Grant, Ulysses
18

complexity aversion

abuse?

snored

throat cancer
Hayes, Rutherford
19

poison ivy

snored
Garfield, James
20

writing

"ague"

bad cold

anal fissure

"weak stomach"

height & weight

assassination

rectal feeding

abdominal cramping

foot pain

infarct

malpractice
Arthur, Chester
21

trim as youth

lavish lifestyle

abdominal troubles

Bright's disease

malaria?

cardiovascular disease

mental changes

snored

heart failure

cerebral hemorrhage
Cleveland, Grover
22

leg laceration

obesity

typhoid fever

liked beer

cigars

temper

daughter

jaw cancer

hearing loss

early nephritis

sleep apnea risk

gout

diphtheria prophylaxis

mental state
Harrison, Benjamin
23

shape

cigar smoker

food poisoning

scarlet fever

hand irritation

pale?

breakdown #1

breakdown #2

breakdown #3?

poor stamina

a cold and toothache

wife's death

pneumonia
McKinley, William
25

memory

height

cried in office

the grippe

assassination
Roosevelt, Theodore
26

asthma

myopia

polo unconsciousness

tiring campaign

shot at

snored

obese?

blind in one eye

otitis media & thigh abscess

deaf in left ear

trouble sleeping

chief characteristics

? infection

died in his sleep
Taft, William
27

wagon accident

sunburn

typhoid fever

severe obesity

generally abstained

perineal abscess

food poisoning #1

food poisoning #2

heartburn

voice strain #1

sleep apnea

cold

bug injures eye

wife's stroke

horse fall

lumbago

gout

cold

strong

voice strain #2

car accidents

hypertension

pink eye

motion sick

headache/ TMJ

bald spot sunburn

cold

mosquito netting

constipation?

minor trauma

cried in office

writers' ache

digestive ill

car accident

atrial fibrillation

"internal inflammation"

prostate

achy knee

mental decline

wearing out
Wilson, Woodrow
28

late reader

eye twitches

eyeglasses habit

atherosclerosis

terrible teeth

stroke #1

stroke #2

stroke #3

cerebro-vascular events #4,5,6

cerebro-vascular events #7,8

cold

hypertensive headaches?

pre-stroke

stroke

sanity?

complicity
Harding, Warren
29

race

nervous breakdowns?

mumps orchitis

minor ails

aphasia?

mastoid surgery

sterile? no

hypertension + diabetes

tobacco habits

suspected heart disease

signs of heart disease

influenza?

infarct
Coolidge, Calvin
30

much sleep

depression
Hoover, Herbert
31

croup

childhood ills

snored

healthy

handshake problems

gall bladder

shingles

intestinal cancer

deaf and nearly blind

GI hemorrhage
Roosevelt, Franklin
32

polio

alcohol intake?

snored

hypertension

anemia from hemorrhoids

melanoma?

GI problem

hypertensive cardiomyopathy

minor ails

cosmetic surgery?

cholecystitis

weight loss

angina during speech?

clubbing

hemorrhage

cover-up?

embalming
Truman, Harry
33

diphtheria

farsightedness

childhood accidents

car accident

stress headaches

WW1: horse fall

sore throat

cardiac asthma

smallpox vaccine

stress

intestinal flu

gall bladder

medication allergy

hernia operation

bathroom fall

slowing down

heart failure
Eisenhower, Dwight
34

appendectomy

"melanoma"

chimney, then quit

arthritis

Crohn disease

infarct

post-infarct mental state

bowel obstruction

deciding to operate

deciding to run again

stroke

cholecystectomy

4 infarcts, 14 arrests

intestinal obstructions

prostatic hypertrophy

balloon pump

cardiac decompensation
Kennedy, John
35

a mess

scarlet fever

measles

jaundice

sports injuries

minor childhood ills

sickly child

reading glasses in youth

colitis

height and weight

blood type AB+ (?)

pernicious anemia (?)

hypothyroidism

gonadal function

steroid complications

?sexually transmitted disease

back

coral wound

malaria? and green skin

cigars

campaign exhaustion

fatigue or hypersomnolence

Addison disease

moon facies

year-round tan

celiac disease?

libido

invasion diarrhea and UTI

post-invasion depression

psycho-active poly-pharmacy

head movement

resuscitated?

three last rites
Johnson, Lyndon
36

height

infarct #1

ER angina

type A personality

cholecystectomy

sudden death
Nixon, Richard
37

1960 debate

phlebitis

smoked pipe

psychology

eye blinking

despondent

clot and pulmonary embolism

chronically ill

phenytoin use?

stroke
Ford, Gerald
38

unnecessary appendectomy

stutter

sold his blood

weak knees

shoulder dislocation

pipe smoker

skimped on sleep

clumsy

swine flu immunization

voice strain

election-loss blues

facial aging

weight

his routine

knee replacements

tore ankle ligament

food sensitivities

tongue abscess

stroke

dizziness in heat

"horrible cold"

pneumonia

shortness of breath

pacemaker, coronary angioplasty

hospitalization for tests

undisclosed cause
Carter, James
39

pancreatic cancer

height

"runner's high"

tear gas eye irritation

hemorrhoids
Reagan, Ronald
40

birth & childhood

severely nearsighted

pneumonia

femur fracture

quit smoking

prostate stones

severe cold

TMJ degeneration

thumb arthritis

drank little

chronic hay fever

general health

height

blood type O-positive

shot

hearing aids

dyed hair

exercised

colon cancer

colonic polyps

skin cancer

chainsaw laceration

prostate enlargement

gastroenteritis

adhesions

bleed

Alzheimer harbingers

Alzheimer disease

hip fracture

pneumonia
Bush, George
41

staph infection

forehead gash

bleeding ulcers

fitness enthusiast

height

blood type O-positive

eye blinking

physical exams

arthritis

mucoid cyst

mild glaucoma

eye sty

dyed hair

atrial fib

Graves disease

depression?

conjugal Graves

Japan puke

stops Halcion

stress

actinic keratoses

actinic keratoses
Clinton, William
42

tonsillectomy

GE reflux

rectal bleeding

strained knee ligament

cardiac risk

height & weight

hearing aids

vocal cords

allergic rhinitis

refused anthrax vaccine

counseling

torn knee tendon

cyst removed

nose lesion removed

basal cell carcinoma

acne rosacea

coronary bypass

decortication surgery
Bush, George W.
43

tonsillectomy

appendectomy

"fatty cyst"

back surgery

hemorrhoid

flight physical

many fillings

blood type O

alcohol abuse

cocaine use

tobacco chewing

colonic polyps

escape dive

physically fit

actinic keratoses

height & weight

cigars

facial lesions

syncope

colonic polyps

smallpox vaccine

Segway fall

torn meniscus

ear lobe creases and ?hair

cancelled physical

debate medicine

internet hoaxes

bicycle falls

jaw mannerism
Obama, Barack
44

childhood infections

infectious exposures

minor childhood travails

forearm laceration

cigarettes

drug use

traveler's diarrhea

snores?

head cold

physician's letter 2008

exercises

height & weight