This website tabulates the illnesses of American Presidents and
other notable people.
Both laypersons and physicians will find it interesting.
To get started, read
Why do this?
Because facts matter, I have been scrupulous in citing references. That is not enough,
however, as I now believe
that writing accurately about any President's medical history is impossible
unless primary sources are thoroughly examined. I have seen too many misinterpretations
in secondary sources.
Within the present collection, the pages for both
Abraham Lincoln and
William Taft rest upon
exhaustive first-hand reviews of the primary literature. You can take them to the bank.
The information for VP Cheney is similarly based,
but the sources are scant.
If you find an error, please tell me. Every page has a
This website is a spare-time hobby. If you can fill some of the
holes, great! Just send me a note. Include references, otherwise there's no point.
Thanks to KWO of
and the pub in
where our shared interest reawakened the idea. Thanks also to
for sparking my interest in medical history.