Mark E. Silverman, MD; J. Willis Hurst, MD
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Silverman M., Hurst J.; James Edgar Paullin: Internist to Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Oslerian, and Forgotten Leader of American Medicine. Ann Intern Med. 2001;134:428-431. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-134-5-200103060-00024
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2001;134(5):428-431.
On 29 March 1945, Franklin Delano Roosevelt journeyed to Warm Springs, Georgia, his favorite place for recuperation. The president was in excellent spirits until the afternoon of 12 April, when he developed a terrific occipital headache followed by loss of consciousness. His blood pressure was more than 300/190 mm Hg (1). James Edgar Paullin, Roosevelt's Atlanta internist, was summoned immediately. Paullin recklessly sped the 85 miles from Atlanta to Warm Springs in 90 minutes, arriving to find the president near death. Later, he described the events:
Few remember James Edgar Paullin (Figure 1). Even at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta, where he was a founder and practiced for 45 years, he is now virtually forgotten. Yet during the 1940s, he was one of the best-known and most influential physicians in the United States (3, 4). Paullin was born on 3 November 1881 in Fort Gaines, Georgia. After receiving a bachelor of arts degree from Mercer University, Macon, Georgia, in 1900, he entered Johns Hopkins Medical School, Baltimore, Maryland, and was a member of the graduating class of 1905, which was William Osler's last year at Hopkins (Figure 2). In a 1949 article titled “My First Medical Clinic with Dr. Osler,” Paullin tells about himself as a sophomore student trying to sneak into Osler's clinic, which only third- and fourth-year students were allowed to attend.
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