The Disease J.F.K. Tried to Keep

Secret Doctors confirm rumors of the President's adrenal-gland problems

During the 1960 presidential campaign, rumors surfaced that candidate John F. Kennedy was suffering from Addison's disease, an incurable, potentially fatal deterioration of the adrenal glands. If true, the information could have influenced the outcome of what ended up being a very tight election. But Kennedy denied it, and the press, as it would later do with other unsavory talk about the Kennedy clan, let the matter rest.

Now an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association has finally set the record straight. According to the author, Journal editor George Lundberg, one of the pathologists who assisted at the...

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