The White House Doctor: My Patients Were Presidents: A Memoir

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A riveting look into the personal lives of our presidents through the eyes of their White House doctor

Dr. Connie Mariano served 9 years at the White House under Presidents George H.W. Bush, William J. Clinton, and George W. Bush. She participated in world headline-making news events and traveled all over the world. She cared for visiting dignitaries and was charged with caring for all the members of the First Family. From flirting with King Juan Carlos of Spain to spending the ...

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Overview

A riveting look into the personal lives of our presidents through the eyes of their White House doctor

Dr. Connie Mariano served 9 years at the White House under Presidents George H.W. Bush, William J. Clinton, and George W. Bush. She participated in world headline-making news events and traveled all over the world. She cared for visiting dignitaries and was charged with caring for all the members of the First Family. From flirting with King Juan Carlos of Spain to spending the night on the Queen of England’s yacht, Dr. Mariano glimpsed a glittering and powerful celebrity that few ever see. White House Doctor is a fascinating look into what goes on behind closed doors at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

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Editorial Reviews

Aaron Leitko
…provides a peek into the tedium of treating the president's every cough, sniffle and golf-course-induced blister. And then some.
—The Washington Post
Kirkus Reviews
A memoir by a Navy physician whose patients were U.S. presidents and their families. Rising up the ranks from captain to rear admiral during her service at the White House, Dr. Mariano was the first woman and first Filipino-American to become the physician to a president and the director of the White House medical unit. She writes of her experiences with humor and justifiable pride. This is no fly-on-the-wall tell-all, although she does comment on the "tall, slender, long-haired beauties" who used to preen in front of President Clinton-they were called "POTUS bait" by the staff. While there were only minor alarms and excitements during her nine years on the job-Bush I's last year and Clinton's two terms-she faced some challenging moments and passed with flying colors through tough security-training exercises, countermanding her former boss's instructions when he refused to relinquish his job and brushing off snide remarks that she benefited from a personal relationship with the president. Though she was the "wrong sex, wrong color, even wrong height [and] didn't look like the stereotypical White House doctor," Mariano persevered, with special help from the "silent servant class at the White House . . . the people of every day attended to the leader of the free world in his private quarters." As director of the medical unit, she instituted a number of changes to improve the standard of care, including 24/7 on-site medical staffing and updated treatment protocols. She traveled with more than 130 overseas presidential trips and many times worked grueling hours, making the painful choice to sacrifice her own family time to serve two first families. Her retirement from the Navy in 2001 wassimultaneously a time of celebration and sadness. An interesting, behind-the-scenes glimpse of life at the White House. Launch party in Washington, D.C. Agent: Susan Crawford/Crawford Literary Agency
Publishers Weekly
This doctor is a bit of a celebrity herself: the first military woman in U.S. history to be appointed White House doctor, the first female director of the White House medical unit, and the first Filipino-American to become a navy rear admiral. And though Mariano humbly bows to the bigger-than-life presidents—George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton—she cared for during eight years in Washington, it's her journey that's so remarkable. Having begun life in 1955 as the daughter of a U.S. Navy steward in the Philippines, she was appointed a White House physician by the navy in 1992, and her mettle was thoroughly tested during medical emergencies—and political storms. Whether helping to treat Bush's skin cancer or dispensing a Band-Aid on the golf course, accompanying the president on overseas trips or performing a Heimlich maneuver on a choking guest at a holiday gala, Mariano always kept her cool and her sense of humor, which she retains in this unusual inside look at the White House. 8 pages of color photos. (June 22)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312534844
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 6/7/2011
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 433,129
  • Product dimensions: 5.36 (w) x 8.26 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

In 1992, DR. CONNIE MARIANO became the first military woman in American history to be appointed White House doctor. The founder of the Center for Executive Medicine, a medical concierge practice providing presidential-quality medical care to CEOs and their families, she now lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Foreword Former President Bill Clinton xiii

1 Sweet Dreams 1

2 Destined for Duty 13

3 The Steward's Daughter 26

4 The President Will See You Now 43

5 One of the Guys 60

6 The New Face of the White House 72

7 Change Is Our Friend 85

8 The Presidential Road Show 103

9 Life in the Kill Zone 122

10 The King and I 135

11 The White House Bag Lady 156

12 The House of Sorrow 174

13 Rough Seas Ahead 191

14 Eye of the Storm 208

15 It Takes a Village 223

16 My First Family 244

17 A Star Is Worn 260

18 Doctor's Progress Notes 278

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  • Posted December 14, 2011

    Highly Recommended - must read book!

    I found this Book to be highly interesting sharing the life and work of The White House Doctor. Doctor Connie Mariano takes you into areas of the Presidential Medical Program never before told. Her knowledge and experience has made many important changes in the role of the White House Doctor and staff and how they walk along the edges of the President's shawdow. Doctor Mariano shares with her humor a simple day treating a White House guest can suddenly shift to clearing a blocked airway of another. I've personally known Doctor Mariano for years and highly recommend this Book as an inspiring story for others, to set your dreams high and work hard at it, and who knows even you could be the next White House Doctor.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2010

    Amazing!

    Dr. Connie Mariano is truely an amazing woman who has risen above the obstacles in her path to stardom. This story is an inspiration for all who have felt cheated by birth, struggling against seemingly unbearable barriers. Dr. Connie has demonstrated that gender, race, religion, and socio-economic status discrimination can be overcome and in a graceful and dignified manner. I truly enjoyed reading her story and the manner in which she relays it to the reader. One word sums it up; Amazing!

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    As a retired physician, I enjoyed learning about "White Hou

    As a retired physician, I enjoyed learning about "White House Medicine" and how she improved its status. Well written and enjoyable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2010

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    how a doctor treats the whitehouse

    "the whitehouse doctor" is a very fasinating book and very hard to put down. connie mariano was one of the top doctors who treated several of our presidents and their staff and any of the guests that were at this nations capital. this bestseller is very historical I really apprieate getting to know about some of the background information that is in the news about our leaders and officals and what medical situations that they encountered.it is truly intresting to get to know about the inner workings of the white house as well as some of the famous leaders of this country.

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  • Posted June 28, 2010

    GREAT GREAT BOOK IF YOU ARE A CURIOUS PERSON

    This book will share with you things you always wanted to know about regarding the medical coverage of a President and staff and the inner workings at the White House. I loved reading this book and did not put in down till i completed reading the book. I guarantee you will love this book and want to share it with others! I need more books like this!

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