It is remarkable how often American presidents, the most powerful individuals on the planet, have received uneven health care. This course will examine the illnesses, some trivial and some serious, of our chief executives. Assassinations and attempted assassinations will be discussed in detail. The political consequences and cover-ups of presidential illnesses will also be analyzed. The role of presidential physicians and their contributions to both the health and illnesses of our commanders-in-chief will be critiqued. Finally, we will discuss proposals that have been considered to evaluate and disclose the health histories of presidential candidates as well as the implications and current applications of the Presidential Disability Act of 1967.
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