The White House Physician: A History from Washington to George W. Bush

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When President George Washington fell ill six short weeks after his inauguration, he summoned Samuel Bard, one of the most prominent physicians of the day. Thereafter, when residing at his presidential home in Manhattan, Washington consistently relied on Bard for medical care. Thus Bard became the first in a line of presidential physicians, the providers of medical care for America's chief executive.
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Overview

When President George Washington fell ill six short weeks after his inauguration, he summoned Samuel Bard, one of the most prominent physicians of the day. Thereafter, when residing at his presidential home in Manhattan, Washington consistently relied on Bard for medical care. Thus Bard became the first in a line of presidential physicians, the providers of medical care for America's chief executive.
From George Washington to George W. Bush, this volume examines 217 years of health care in the White House and the men and women who ministered to these presidential patients. Beginning with that first presidential physician's visit on June 13, 1789, it analyzes the relationships-sometimes fruitful and sometimes disastrous-of the presidents with their physicians. While biographical sketches detailing the background of each physician are included, the main focus of the work is the especially complex physician-patient relationship and the ways in which it has changed over time. The evolution of the presidential physician's responsibilities is also discussed, as are developments in American medicine during presidential terms.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786429769
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/30/2007
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 702,662
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Ludwig M. Deppisch, M.D., is a pathologist. A native of New York, he lives in Tucson, Arizona.

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     vii
Preface     1
Introduction     3
Samuel Bard: The First Presidential Physician     7
The Pillars of the Profession: Presidential Physicians, 1812-1865     20
The Military Steps In, Part I: The Early Days, 1823-1865     32
The Military Steps In, Part II: Conflicts and Cooperation, 1865-1898     42
Admiral Presley Rixey: The First Authentic White House Physician     62
Captain Joel Boone and the Institutionalization of the Office of the White House Physician     75
The Military Keepers of the Stethoscope: Doctors Cary Grayson, Ross McIntire and Howard Snyder     87
Physician Anecdotes: The Returnee, the Academic, the Consultant and the Defendant, 1953-1981     110
Civilian Interlude, Part I: Medical Chaos in Camelot     122
Civilian Interlude, Part II: The Specialist Physicians of Presidents Reagan and Bush I     138
The White House Medical Unit Today     150
The Twenty-Fifth Amendment and Its Impact on the White House Medical Unit     159
Psychiatry and the Presidency     167
The Medical Care of Vice Presidents     179
Presidential Physicians After Their Tenures     192
Final Thoughts     201
Chapter Notes     207
Bibliography     237
Index     249
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    Posted November 17, 2007

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    Terrific! This is a thoroughly researched body of work. It contains great insights into the development of American medicine, and I highly recommend it to those interested in American and presidential history. Furthermore, its examination of legal, political, and moral issues make it a must-read for those in the medical profession.

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