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What Ails the White House: An Introduction to the Medical History of the American Presidency Paperback – October 5, 2006


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  • Paperback: 125 pages
  • Publisher: Leathers Publishing (October 5, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158597398X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585973989
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #766,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jay W. Murphy, M.D. has practiced Cardiology for 27 years in the Kansas City area. He currently is the senior partner of Cardiology Services and Director of Preventive Cardiology at Olathe Medical Center. He speaks widely on his specialty, as well as the Medical History of the American Presidency.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on January 6, 2007
What Ails The White House: An Introduction to the Medical History of the American Presidency is a survey of the physical health of presidents of the United States, as assessed and written by cardiologist Jay W. Murphy. What Ails The White House is not excessively meticulous in its study presidents, focusing most especially on the hidden illnesses such as Franklin Delano Roosevelt, re-elected in 1940 with severe hypertension and congestive heart failure, John F. Kennedy's Addison's disease, Woodrow Wilson's incapacitating stroke that effectively resulted in his wife assuming the responsibility of the office, and much more. The culmination of years of research, What Ails The White House is written to be accessible to medical laymen and experts alike. A truly fascinating study, especially given its final chapter predicting trends for the future in the health of individuals in the office of the American Presidency.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wooten on October 27, 2013
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I read the book because it is on the HOSA: Future Health Professionals reading list. I learned things I never knew about our country's leaders. I recommend this book to history buffs and health professionals also.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Mary O. Rost on July 13, 2013
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This is a well written book with an easy to read story line. It arrived before expected from the seller. Students of history should read this book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JBYJR on May 23, 2007
"What Ails the White House", written by a cardiologist, is a very readable and enjoyable look at how the health of the US Presidents have affected (or maybe "infected") the presidency and the political direction of the United States. If you want to delve more deeply into the medical aspects, you can easily read the footnotes...although this is not required to enjoy and appreciate the book. The book identifies numerous points of interest that you will not find in your high school and university text books. The book makes a great gift for the holidays, Mother's Day, Father's Day, birthdays, etc.
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