The Health of the First Ladies: Medical Histories from Martha Washington to Michelle Obama

The Health of the First Ladies: Medical Histories from Martha Washington to Michelle Obama

by Ludwig M. Deppisch


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ISBN-13: 9780786474363
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 01/14/2015
Pages: 244
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Foreword by Dr. Connie Mariano 1

Preface 3

Introduction 9

Part I: Before the Advent of Modern Medicine

One. Martha Washington and Dolley Madison: The First First Lady and the First Mistress in the White House 11

Two. Malaria in the White House: Abigail Adams, Sarah Polk and Lucretia Garfield 19

Three. Letitia Tyler: A First Lady Dies in the White House 32

Four. Retiring and Sickly First Ladies in Antebellum Washington: Elizabeth Monroe, Anna Harrison, Margaret Taylor and Abigail Fillmore 39

Five. Depression in the White House: The Sad Stories of Jane Pierce, Louisa Johnson Adams and Mary Todd Lincoln 53

Six. Julia Grant and Lucy Hayes: Healthy, Supportive, Socially Successful and Minimal Political Impact 71

Seven. Tuberculosis: The White Plague Kills Caroline Harrison and Ravages Other First Ladies 76

Part II: The Twentieth Century

Eight. Ida McKinley and the Audition of the First White House Physician 85

Nine. Strokes, Stress and Smokes: Nellie Taft and Pat Nixon 95

Ten. Ellen and Edith: Woodrow Wilson’s Two Wives 106

Eleven. Homeopathic Physicians and the Kidney Disease of Florence Harding and Grace Coolidge 122

Twelve. Mamie Eisenhower and Menière’s Disease 136

Thirteen. Obstetrics in the White House: Jackie Kennedy, Frankie Cleveland, Edith Roosevelt and the Second Mrs. Tyler 142

Fourteen. Twentieth Century Stalwarts: Lou Hoover, Eleanor Roosevelt, Bess Truman and Lady Bird Johnson 155


Fifteen. Breast Cancer and Other Maladies. Betty Ford, Rosalynn Carter and Nancy Reagan 161

Sixteen. Modern-Day First Ladies: Barbara Bush, Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush and Michelle Obama 170

Seventeen. The Diseases, Burdens and Confidentiality of First Ladies 179

Chapter Notes 183

Bibliography 209

Index 227

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The Health of the First Ladies: Medical Histories from Martha Washington to Michelle Obama 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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Richard_Iwanski More than 1 year ago
This latest book from Dr. Deppisch is a worthy follow-up to his The White House Physician. I found it to be a comprehensive, extremely well-researched look into America's First Ladies and how their health issues often mirrored the issues of the general population. Like Dr. Deppisch's first book, I enjoyed learning about the history of medicine in the U.S. and how its advances affected the inhabitants of the White House. I especially found it fascinating to learn about how some Presidents' policies and decision-making were directly influenced by the health of their closest confidantes, their wives--and our First Ladies.
Manfay More than 1 year ago
Very well written, interesting and informative. Facts about our First Ladies that are not well known. Would highly recommend reading it.