Eisenhower's Heart Attack: How Ike Beat Heart Disease and Held on to the Presidency

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"The research is staggering; the discoveries are startling; the writing is outstanding; the topic is much wider and more important than the title suggests. I give this book my full endorsement, meaning that I wish it had been available to me when I wrote my biography of Ike, because I would have used it intensively. It is eye-opening not only on the state of medicine in 1955 and the politics of medicine in 1955, but on Ike's character, actions, and personality."—Stephen E. Ambrose, author of Eisenhower: Soldier ...
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"The research is staggering; the discoveries are startling; the writing is outstanding; the topic is much wider and more important than the title suggests. I give this book my full endorsement, meaning that I wish it had been available to me when I wrote my biography of Ike, because I would have used it intensively. It is eye-opening not only on the state of medicine in 1955 and the politics of medicine in 1955, but on Ike's character, actions, and personality."—Stephen E. Ambrose, author of Eisenhower: Soldier and President

"This is a fascinating book—a marvelous read and a real contribution to the Eisenhower literature."—Fred I. Greenstein, author of The Hidden-Hand Presidency: Eisenhower as Leader

Author Bio: Clarence Lasby brings a very personal perspective to this study. He has been a heart patient for twenty years and the recipient of two coronary bypass surgeries. He is professor of history at the University of Texas at Austin and the author of Project Paperclip: German Scientists and the Cold War, which was nominated for the National Book Award.

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New England Journal of Medicine
Professor Lasby's sure-handed prose style, his organization of a vast amount of material, his understanding of coronary artery disease and its history, and his sensitivity to the drama of the events he describes make history come alive in this highly readable book. He also provides excellent documentation of the influence that this illness in a great public figure had on bringing about more enlightened management of coronary artery disease.
Library Journal
In 1955, Dwight Eisenhower became the first sitting president to suffer a heart attack. The political cover-up and, most significantly, the treatment he received for this attack, his chronic bouts of ileitis (Crohn's disease), and the four additional heart attacks that ultimately killed him are the basis for this fascinating, lengthy study. Lasby (history, Univ. of Texas, and a heart attack survivor) uses recently released medical records and physician papers to show that Eisenhower was a health-conscious and understandably obsessed patient who carefully monitored his diet, exercise, and cholesterol. He is portrayed as a military and medical hero who, with help from Mamie, his wife; Howard Snyder, his attending physician; and political supporters and friends courageously met each crisis and completed a full second term. Eisenhower and the military medical system receive a more positive treatment than found in Robert Ferrell's Ill-Advised: Presidential Health and the Public Trust (LJ 9/15/92) or Robert Gilbert's The Mortal Presidency (LJ 11/15/92). Strongly recommended, particularly for academic libraries as a good addition to the growing number of books on the health of leaders.-Karl Helicher, Upper Merion Twp. Lib., King of Prussia, Pa.
Booknews
Lasby, a historian and heart patient, offers a revisionist account of the events surrounding the President's 1955 heart attack and subsequent efforts by the president and his staff to minimize its political impact. He has learned from newly opened medical records and personal papers of Eisenhower's physicians that the president's personal physician misdiagnosed the attack as a gastrointestinal problem and waited before sending him to the hospital. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780700608225
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas
  • Publication date: 4/28/1997
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.48 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.51 (d)

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