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Clinical Notes on the Illness and Death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt

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Ann Intern Med. 1970;72(4):579-591. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-72-4-579
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Until the past 15 years the illnesses of a President of the United States had not been exposed in the public press. Indeed, in most instances not only have the details been obscure but the very fact that illness existed has been not infrequently denied. In the case of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, rumors about the state of his health began to be bruited about as early as 1936, 9 years before his death*. These speculations continued throughout the remainder of his life and rose to a crescendo of debate and uncertainty after his death. To my knowledge, no factual


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