This first comprehensive study of the medical histories of America’s first ladiesfrom Martha Washington to Michelle Obamadiscusses their illnesses, their treatments and their physicians in the context of their times. As the categories of illness afflicting Americans have changed through history so have the kinds of maladies affecting the first ladies. Infectious diseases and the consequences of poorly supervised pregnancies have been replaced by cerebrovascular accidents and malignancies.
The secrecy with which the White House has traditionally handled inquiries about the health of the president’s wife is explored in detail; however, several first ladies, notably Betty Ford, have been transparent about their illnesses in order to educate the public. The effects of a first lady’s responsibilities on her health is examined. This book also seeks to discern how the well-being of the first lady influences presidential performance.
|Publisher:||McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers|
|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
Foreword by Dr. Connie Mariano 1
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
PART III: MODERN TIMES AND INTO THE TWENTY–FIRST CENTURY
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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
Very well written, interesting and informative. Facts about our First Ladies that are not well known. Would highly recommend reading it.