OTHER WORKS & RECENT ACTIVITIES
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2. Homeopathic Medicine and Presidential Health, PHAROS 60; 5-10, 1997.
3. Poisoned President? President Jackson and Heavy Metals, JAMA 282; 569-571, 1999
4. Andrew Jackson and American Medical Practice. Old Hickory and His Physicians, Tennessee Historical Quarterly 62; 130-151, Summer 2003.
5. A Look Back at Four Navy Physicians and Their Presidential Patients, Navy Medicine 98(1); 29-32, January-February 2007.
6. The National Hotel Disease, The Grog Ration 4(1); 1-5, January-February, 2009.
Biden to replace White House doctor with long-time physician. O’Connor will take on a role that faced scrutiny over transparency under Trump
featured in the Monday, Jan. 25, 2020, episode of “Start Here,” ABC News’ daily news podcast
According to Dr. Lud Deppisch, a retired pathologist and author of “The White House Physician: A History from Washington to George W. Bush,” it’s standard operating procedure for a president to choose their personal physician, but it’s rare that a president comes into office with a doctor that has cared for them for over a decade.
“It’s difficult to get their previous personal physician to Washington for two reasons: The pay stinks, comparatively. And secondly, usually the care of the president is not all that interesting. Not much goes wrong. Under George W. Bush and Barack Obama, nothing much happened,” Deppisch said.
But Deppisch contends while it might not be the most glamorous position, it’s no less important. “They’re around a lot– it’s quite a significant and tireless responsibility,” he said.