Jefferson, North Carolina :, McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers,, 2015.
1 online resource (pages cm)
Part I. Before the advent of modern medicine
Martha Washington and Dolley Madison: the first first lady and the first mistress in the White House
Malaria in the White House: Abigail Adams, Sarah Polk and Lucretia Garfield
Letitia Tyler: a first lady dies in the White House
Retiring and sickly first ladies in antebellum Washington: Elizabeth Monroe, Anna Harrison, Margaret Taylor and Abigail Fillmore
Depression in the White House: the sad stories of Jane Pierce, Louisa Johnson Adams and Mary Todd Lincoln
Julia Grant and Lucy Hayes: healthy, supportive, socially successful and minimal political impact
Tuberculosis: the white plague kills Caroline Harrison and ravages other first ladies
Part II. The twentieth century
Ida McKinley and the audition of the White House physician
Strokes, stress and smokes: Nellie Taft and Pat Nixon
Ellen and Edith: Woodrow Wilson's two wives
Homeopathic physicians and the kidney disease of Florence Harding and Grace Coolidge
Mamie Eisenhower and menière's disease
Obstetrics in the White House: Jackie Kennedy, Frankie Cleveland, Edith Roosevelt and the second Mrs. Tyler
Twentieth century stalwarts: Lou Hoover, Eleanor Roosevelt, Bess Truman and Lady Bird Johnson
Part III. Modern times and into the twenty-first century
Breast cancer and other maladies: Betty Ford, Rosalynn Carter and Nancy Reagan
Modern-day first ladies: Barbara Bush, Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush and Michelle Obama
The diseases, burdens and confidentiality of first ladies.
"The secrecy with which the White House has traditionally handled inquiries about the health of the president's wife is explored in detail; several First Ladies have been transparent about their illnesses in order to educate the public. This book also seeks to discern how the well-being of the First Lady influences presidential performance"-- Provided by publisher.