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James Edgar Paullin: Internist to Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Oslerian, and Forgotten Leader of American Medicine

Mark E. Silverman, MD; and J. Willis Hurst, MD
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Dr. Silverman: Fuqua Heart Center of Piedmont Hospital; Atlanta, GA 30309 Dr. Hurst: Emory University School of Medicine; Atlanta, GA 30322

Acknowledgment: The authors greatly appreciate the help of Eugene A. Stead Jr.

Requests for Single Reprints: Mark E. Silverman, MD, 1968 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30309; e-mail, marksil@mindspring.com.

Current Author Addresses: Dr. Silverman: Fuqua Heart Center of Piedmont Hospital, 1968 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30309.

Dr. Hurst: Emory University, 1462 Clifton Road NE, Suite 301, Atlanta, GA 30322.

Ann Intern Med. 2001;134(5):428-431. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-134-5-200103060-00024
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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:

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Johns Hopkins Medical School, Class of 1905.

William Osler is seated in the center. James Edgar Paullin is sitting on the ground, first row, first person on the right. Reproduced with permission from the Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives of the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions.

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