Hugh Sidey The Presidency:The Doctor and the Ideal Patient

Buried beneath our prejudices and the actuarial tables is a fact: Ronald Reagan, at 70, may have been the healthiest man to assume the presidency since Harry Truman.

Eisenhower had his ileitis symptoms, and Kennedy went into power with a form of Addison's disease. Johnson had suffered his first heart attack, and Nixon was shadowed by phlebitis. Ford's otherwise robust physique was flawed by old football injuries. Carter came to the White House with his record showing a period of depression after a race for Governor of Georgia in 1966.

But Reagan,...

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