Health and Medical History of President

John Q. Adams

President #6
Lived: 1767-1848 Served: 1825-1829

Timeline from 1776: ← 2013

"Where could death have found him but at the post of duty?" 1a

Maladies and Conditions

He was the product of a consanguineous union. His father, President John Adams, was the third cousin of his mother, Abigail 4a.

Chrome-dome baldness ran in the family, including Adams MIM 109200. This can be a sign of carrying a variant of the polyscystic ovary gene 2. Dr. Zebra has not seen evidence that Adams was "abnormally hairy," which is another sign of males carrying the variant gene MIM 184700.

Reliability of this information is uncertain. 3

Paralytic stroke in 1846, assumed atherosclerotic. Recovered the full use of his body and returned to Congress the following year. "When he walked into the House, slightly tottering, on the morning of February 13, everyone rose spontaneously and applauded." 1b

In 1848, he collapsed on the floor of the House from ?another stroke. He was carried to the Speaker's Room, where two days later he died. 1b
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Cited Resources
  1. Boller, Paul F. Jr. Presidential Anecdotes. New York: Oxford University Press, 1981.0195029151 Libraries 80-27092. ap. 61, spoken by Senator Thomas Hart Benton bp. 61 cp. 63
  2. Carey, A. H.; Chan, K. L.; Short, F.; White, D.; Williamson, R.; Franks, S. Evidence for a single gene effect causing polycystic ovaries and male pattern baldness. Clin. Endocr. 1993; 38: 653-658. Pubmed 8334753.
  3. Dugan, James. Bedlam in the boudoir. Colliers. 22 Feb. 1947; pages 17, 69-70.
    Comment: Credibility is dubious. Just before a list of Presidents, the article states: "Twenty of the 32 Presidents ... are proved or believed on a thick web of circumstance to have been nocturnal nuisances in the White House."
  4. Montgomery-Massingberd, Hugh (ed). Burke's Presidential Families of the United States of America. 2nd ed. London: Burke's Peerage Limited, 1981.0850110335 Libraries. app. 57, 69 bp. 156 cp. 153
    Comment: Enumerates the ancestors and descendants of American presidents up through Ronald Reagan.
Other Resources
Alternate index terms: John Quincy Adams, Quincy Adams
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