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  • emThe President Is a Sick Manem
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    The President Is a Sick Man

    Matthew Algeo recounted the secret surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from President Grover Cleveland in June 1893, during one of the worst economic moments in American history. The surgery, performed…

  • Doctors Provide Update on Health Conditions of George and Barbara Bush
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    News Conference on George and Barbara Bush Health Conditions

    Drs. Amy Mynderse and Marc Bloom, with the Houston Methodist Hospital, updated the news media on the latest condition of former President George H.W. Bush and former first lady Barbara…

  • Presidential Health
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    Presidential Health

    Richard Levinson addressed three myths about presidents and their health. He also spoke about how doctors have sometimes contributed to the death of a president and how, in other cases,…

  • Former President Jimmy Carter News Conference on Cancer Diagnosis
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    Former President Jimmy Carter News Conference on Cancer Diagnosis

    Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter discussed his cancer diagnosis. He said that melanoma which first occurred in his liver had spread to his brain, and that he would begin treatment that…

  • emThe Destiny of the Republicem
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    The Destiny of the Republic

    Candice Millard talked about her book, Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President. In her book she tells the story of the assassination of James A.…

  • Remembering 1981 Assassination Attempt
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    Remembering 1981 Assassination Attempt

    A compilation was shown of interviews with Reagan administration officials, historians, and Nancy Reagan, remembering the attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan. Interviews included:…

  • emThe White House Doctorem Book Party
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    The White House Doctor Book Party

    Rear Admiral Connie Mariano (Retired), met with former colleagues and friends to celebrate the launch of her book, The White House Doctor: My Patients Were Presidents - A Memoir. In the…

  • President Woodrow Wilsons Health
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    President Woodrow Wilson's Health

    The guests talked by live video link from the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library in Staunton, Virginia, about recently discovered personal diaries and letters of President Wilson’s close friend and White House…

  • 25th Anniversary of Reagan Assassination Attempt
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    25th Anniversary of Reagan Assassination Attempt

    At an event commemorating the 25th anniversary of the assassination attempt upon then President Ronald Reagan on March 30, 1981, Dr. Jim Scott gave an overview of the events of that day and…

  • Impact of Illness on Political Leadership
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    Impact of Illness on Political Leadership

    The participants discussed the politics involved when a high government official falls ill. This subject is being developed as an academic specialty at Georgetown University. The panelists…

  • emThe Mortal Presidencyem
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    The Mortal Presidency

    Mr. Gilbert talked about his new book The Mortal Presidency, which looks at five U. S. presidents and their medical histories. He described various types of illnesses that afflicted these…

  • Presidents Medical Condition
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    President's Medical Condition

    Officials spoke to reporters about President Bush’s colonoscopy procedure and the temporary transfer of power to Vice President Cheney during the procedure. Following their remarks they…

  • The Clinton Administration
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    The Clinton Administration

    Mr. Cochran talked about the record of the Clinton administration and its priorities, and the role of media in politics. He also responded to audience telephone calls, faxes and electronic…

  • Presidential Health Report
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    Presidential Health Report

    Mr. Lockhart and Dr. Mariano talked to reporters about the physical examination of President Clinton. They listed the physicians who participated in the examination and reported that the…

  • Illness and Death of President F Roosevelt
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    Illness and Death of President F. Roosevelt

    As part of an annual lecture series, Professor Ferrell spoke about the illness and death of President Franklin Roosevelt. He examined the four different diagnoses of his illness, what he…

  • Health of Presidential Candidates
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    Health of Presidential Candidates

    Professor Post talked about health of presidents, both mental and physical, and about the public’s right to know about health problems.

  • Iraqi Invasion of Kuwait Anniversary
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    Iraqi Invasion of Kuwait Anniversary

    President Bush responded to reporters' questions in the Rose Garden on the first anniversary of Iraq’s attack on Kuwait, the first event that eventually led to the Persian Gulf war. He discussed the results of the recently…

  • President Bush Returns to White House
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    President Bush Returns to White House

    The president was greeted by staff members and his dogs in the Rose Garden of the White House after returning from Bethesda Naval Hospital, where he had spent the previous 40 hours under…

  • White House Daily Briefing
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    White House Daily Briefing

    Mr. Fitzwater spoke about the health of President Bush, who had resumed a normal heartbeat, and answered questions from reporters about the subject. He reported that the president was on…