Health and Medical History of President

James Polk

President #11
Lived: 1795-1849 Served: 1845-1849

Timeline from 1776: ← 2013

UNDER CONSTRUCTION
Maladies and Conditions

hand shaking
It appears that repetitive strain injuries from hand-shaking is an occupational illness among politicians. Like William McKinley, Polk developed a technique allowing him to "shake hands during the whole day without suffering any bad effects from it" 1a. MORE

cholera
Died shortly after leaving office. Some have written that Polk worked so hard while President that he weakened himself physically and succumbed to disease as a result 2a.
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Cited Resources
  1. Boller, Paul F. Jr. Presidential Anecdotes. New York: Oxford University Press, 1981.0195029151 Libraries 80-27092. ap. 101
  2. MacMahon, Edward B. and Curry, Leonard. Medical Cover-Ups in the White House. Washington, DC: Farragut, 1987.0918535018 Libraries 87-81241. ap. 18
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