By Marc J. Selverstone
A significant other to John F. Kennedy offers a accomplished selection of historiographical essays addressing the existence and management of the nation’s thirty fifth president.
- Features unique contributions from best Kennedy scholars
- Reassesses Kennedy, his management, and the period of the hot Frontier
- Reconsiders suitable Kennedy scholarship and issues to new avenues of research
- Considers the key crises confronted via Kennedy, in addition to family matters together with women’s concerns and civil rights
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Kennedy also suffered from assorted muscular problems; from weakening eyesight that required glasses and larger print for his speeches by 1963; from the onset of gum disease, necessitating bimonthly treatment; from partial deafness in his right ear; and from tremors in his hands when he delivered addresses. His Hollywood appearance notwithstanding, I concluded that he was prematurely aging. Besides an understandable self-absorption about his health, Kennedy made matters worse by receiving amphetamine injections from the aforementioned Dr.
Jeffrey Kelman, a specialist in internal medicine and physiology. Dallek’s efforts contributed to my own access in March 2003, accompanied by Dr. Bert Park, a neurosurgeon and author of The Impact of Illness on World Leaders (1986). My decision to return to the study of Kennedy had come from the invitation of the University Press of Kansas to publish an updated, revised edition of my The Presidency of John F. Kennedy. My concentration on Kennedy’s medical problems soon became a two-year endeavor that involved several trips to the Kennedy Library 16 JAMES N.
Cohen’s warnings about him (Giglio 2003: 647). Next to Addison’s disease, Kennedy’s most pressing problem, Dallek rightly emphasized, was chronic back pain, which surfaced when he strained an unstable back (probably birth-related) on a European motor trip in 1937, as Perret first noted. He further aggravated it while playing tennis in 1940 and during PT boat service during World War II. Ill-advised surgery in 1944 only worsened the condition; by 1954 Kennedy found the pain so acute that he underwent back surgery once again, despite the risk of an Addisonian crisis.
A Companion to John F. Kennedy by Marc J. Selverstone