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Health and Medical History of President

James Polk

President #11: 1845-1849
Lived 1795-1849 2016 1776
Revolutionary War
1776-1783
War of 1812
1812-1815
Mexican-American War
1846-1848
Civil War
1861-1865
Spanish-American War
1898-1899
World War 1
1917-1918
World War 2
1941-1945
Korean War
1950-1953
Viet Nam War
1964-1975
Desert Storm
1990-1991
Bush's War
2001-Now
UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Maladies & Conditions  · hand shaking · cholera

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Maladies and Conditions
 This style...  ... means the event occurred while President.

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.
Doctors
During Presidency
Resources
 
Borneman
124 reviews
Ampres Series
Seigenthaler
43 reviews
Kansas Series
Bergeron
5 reviews
Signature Series
McCormac
1 review
Cited Sources
  1. Boller, Paul F. Jr. Presidential Anecdotes. New York: Oxford University Press, 1981.
        
    a  p.101
  2. MacMahon, Edward B. and Curry, Leonard. Medical Cover-Ups in the White House. Washington, DC: Farragut, 1987.
        
    a  p.18
Other Sources
Pubmed Search   (1 match when checked in March 2013)

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