The Health of the First Ladies

The Health of the First Ladies

Medical Histories From Martha Washington to Michelle Obama

eBook - 2015
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"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.
Publisher: Jefferson, North Carolina :, McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers,, 2015.
ISBN: 9781476617664
147661766X
9780786474363
078647436X
Characteristics: 1 online resource (pages cm)
Contents: 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.
Summary: "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.

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