"Address delivered before the Commandery of the State of New York, Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, at the regular meeting, February, 1909, city of New York, in observance of the one hundredth anniversary of the birth of President Abraham Lincoln."
The co-editor of Lincoln’s Hand provides a thoughtful discussion of Lincoln’s melancholia, suggesting that his depression influenced both his character and leadership. Shenk draws from the historical record, interviews with Lincoln scholars, and recent research on depression to support his thesis.
Bibliography: p. 300-322.
Based on detailed interviews with President Roosevelt’s doctors and contemporaries along with previously unavailable medical documents, Goldberg suggests that FDR’s disability and suffering--a result of infantile paralysis--changed him and facilitated his becoming president.
Bibliography: p. 229-232.
In a detailed discussion of Lincoln’s body-type, the author attempts to find a “genetic cause of Abraham Lincoln’s height, homeliness, pseudo-depression, and imminent cancer death.”
Includes detailed appendices.
Bibliography: p. 461-506.
Dallek, Robert. The medical ordeals of JFK.
Detailed report on the scope and intensity of the physical suffering endured by President Kennedy and the health problems he did not share with the public. v. 290, Dec. 2002: 49-61.
Davidson, Jonathan R.T., Connor Kathryn M. and Swartz, Marvin. Mental illness in U.S. presidents between 1776 and 1974: a review of biographical sources. v. 194, Jan. 2006: 47-51.
Using secondary sources, including biographies, narrative accounts and journals, along with current standardized psychiatric diagnostic criteria, the authors explore the mental health of presidents from George Washington to Richard Nixon. They find that, at some point in their lives, almost one-half of U. S. presidents manifested signs suggestive of mental illness. Detailed data on individual presidents and possible causes of their illnesses are presented.
Holzer, Harold. The health of Abraham Lincoln. How sick was he? Or was he sick at all?
The author describes the many controversies and conclusions, both historical and contemporary, regarding Lincoln’s health. v. 27, Feb. 1983: 83-93.
McHugh, Jane, and Philip A. Mackowiak. What really killed William Henry Harrison?
The authors suggest that the shortest-serving president (about a month in office) died of an infection from an unsanitary water supply in the White House. May 31, 2014: D-3.
Gilbert, Robert E. Eisenhower’s 1955 heart attack.
The author examines the president’s medical treatment and explores the efforts by many individuals, including the president, to keep the severity of his illness from the public. v. 27, Mar. 2008: 2-21.
Gilbert, Robert E. The impact of presidential illness on the administration of Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Details the effect of President Eisenhower’s ill heath on public policy decisions, as well as the president’s contribution to the addition of a “presidential disability” amendment to the U.S. Constitution. v. 31, spring/fall 2012: 16-35.
Gilbert, Robert E. The politics of presidential illness. Ronald Reagan and the Iran-Contra scandal.
This article explores how the rapid resumption of his duties, despite after-effects of colon cancer surgery, affected President Reagan's ability to make sound decisions. The author suggests that the transfer of presidential powers, as decreed in the 25th amendment, should have been for longer than nine hours, given the president’s condition and the medications that were administered to control his post-surgical pain. v 33, No. 2, Fall 2014: 58-76.