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

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

by Ludwig M. Deppisch
     
 

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

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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.

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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Editorial Reviews

Arizona Daily Star
impressively researched...fascinating
Journal of the History of Medicine
very well researched...a significant contribution to the understanding of presidential health care
Navy Medicine
an essential-read for any Navy medical recruiter

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786429769
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
07/30/2007
Pages:
266
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Ludwig M. Deppisch, M.D., is a professor emeritus of pathology, Northeast Ohio Medical University. A native of New York, he lives in Tucson, Arizona.

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