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PRESIDENTIAL MEDICAL EXAMINATIONS. AN UPDATE

It has been 105 days since Joe Biden’s press secretary Jen Psaki promised that his medical records would be released “soon.” It seems that her definition of “soon” may be different from mine. Moreover, she announced that Biden would undergo a complete physical examination by his White House Physician, Dr. Kevin O’Connor by the end …

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JOE BIDEN AND A COGNITIVE TEST. A RECENT PRESIDENTAIL PHYSICIAN SAYS IT’S ABOUT TIME

Joe Biden, 78 years and 7 months of age, continues to set longevity records each day that he serves in the White House oval office. Many observers have questioned his mental acuity and his cognitive awareness over the past two years starting with his presidential campaign in 2019. Yet, Biden has refused to sit for …

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DR. WALLACE GRAHAM FOLLOWED HARRY TRUMAN TO MISSOURI

John Hutton was one presidential physician who remained close to his White House patients after they retired. Hutton served for a brief time in the military before his retirement from the US Army Medical Corps. Then, he reunited with the Reagans, not as their physician, but rather as their helpful friend. Please see previous post. …

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DR. JOHN HUTTON AND RONALD REAGAN. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE PRESIDENT LEAVES OFFICE.

After a President leaves office, does his physician say “Goodbye Sir!” Army Colonel John Hutton was the third and last of President Ronald Reagan’s (1981-89) three personal physicians. On December 12, the White House announced that the president had selected Hutton, who had served as assistant Presidential physician for two years, to succeed Dr. T. …

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RONALD REAGAN: THE MISUSE OF THE TWENTY FIFTH AMENDMENT

In July 1985 Ronald Reagan underwent a colonoscopy, followed by a colon resection for cancer, both under general anesthesia. Section Three of the Twenty Fifth Amendment was discussed, but was not appropriately applied. Burton Smith, a California urologist, had successfully lobbied the president to serve as his presidential physician; he succeeded Dan Ruge as the …

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RONALD REAGAN: THE NON-USE & MISUSE OF THE TWENTY FIFTH AMENDMENT

Ronald Reagan, US President 1981-1989, was twice unconscious and unable to perform his Constitutional responsibilities as president for periods of time. The first took place in March 1981 after John Hinkley’s assassination attempt; Reagan underwent an hours-long chest surgery followed by many days of significant necessary rest, during which his capacities were much limited. The …

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JOE BIDEN. QUESTIONS ABOUT HIS HEALTH REMAIN UNANSWERED

Many citizens continue to wonder about the health, especially the cognitive and psychological status, of Joe Biden.  Jen Psaki, his press secretary, made an attempt earlier this week, to assuage this concern. She announced that Biden will undergo a full medical examination by his physician by the end of the year. However, some questioners may …

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THE POLITICIZATION OF THE WHITE HOUSE PHYSICIAN

This author, with one exception, has interviewed all the Presidential Physicians from John Hutton (Ronald Reagan) to Donald Trump (Sean Conley). In my dealings with these doctors, I discovered that, while they served in the White House, they were both apolitical and devoid of partisan bias. Such a stance was considered integral to their role …

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