The Medical Lives of History’s Famous People


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William James Maloney

DOI: 10.2174/97816080593621140101
eISBN: 978-1-60805-936-2, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-60805-937-9



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The Medical Lives of History`s Famous People highlights the effects of various diseases on the public lives of famous individuals in history. ...[view complete introduction]

Table of Contents

Foreword

- Pp. i

Linda Ruth Tosetti

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Preface

- Pp. ii-iii (2)

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About the Author

- Pp. iv

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Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome as an Inspiration for F. Scott Fitzgeraldʼs Fictional Character ʻBenjamin Buttonʼ

- Pp. 3-10 (8)

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The Extreme Darwinian Principles of Science Fiction Writer H.G. Wells Seen in Contrast to His Personal Views Concerning His Own Diabetes

- Pp. 11-16 (6)

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The Historical Facts Concerning Babe Ruthʼs Heroic Battle with Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma

- Pp. 17-26 (10)

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Sigmund Freud’s Medical Travails

- Pp. 27-32 (6)

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Celiac Disease: The Cause of President John F. Kennedyʼs Life- Long Medical Travails

- Pp. 33-40 (8)

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Porphyria: The Cause of the Madness of King George

- Pp. 41-46 (6)

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President William Taft and Sleep Apnea

- Pp. 47-51 (5)

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Pottʼs Disease: The Childhood Disease of Timothy Cratchit

- Pp. 52-57 (6)

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The Cancer of President U.S. Grant

- Pp. 58-64 (7)

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The Implications of the Hemophilia of Queen Victoria

- Pp. 65-70 (6)

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The Hypertension of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt

- Pp. 71-77 (7)

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The Othello Syndrome

- Pp. 78-82 (5)

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The 1981 Irish Hunger Strikers

- Pp. 83-88 (6)

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Samuel Clemens Visits the Dentist

- Pp. 89-96 (8)

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The Bellʼs Palsy of Lisa Gherardini: The Solution to the Enigma of the Mona Lisaʼs Smile

- Pp. 97-101 (5)

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The Clandestine Oral Surgery of President Grover Cleveland

- Pp. 102-108 (7)

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The Asthma of President Calvin Coolidge

- Pp. 109-112 (4)

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An Analysis of the Theory that President Abraham Lincoln Suffered from an Undiagnosed Genetic Disorder

- Pp. 113-121 (9)

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The Lazarus Syndrome

- Pp. 122-126 (5)

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Tuberculosis: The Cause of the Early Death of John Keats

- Pp. 127-130 (4)

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The Huntingtonʼs Disease of Woody Guthrie

- Pp. 131-135 (5)

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The Mowgli Syndrome

- Pp. 136-139 (4)

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Temporal Lobe Epilepsy: The Possible Medical Cause of the Conversion of St. Paul

- Pp. 140-144 (5)

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The Habsburg Jaw

- Pp. 145-147 (3)

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The Rapunzel Syndrome

- Pp. 148-151 (4)

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The Peter Pan Syndrome

- Pp. 152-155 (4)

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Damien the Leper

- Pp. 156-159 (4)

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Louis Brailleʼs Gift to the Visually Impaired

- Pp. 160-163 (4)

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The Cocaine Addiction of Sir Arthur Conan Doyleʼs Sherlock Holmes

- Pp. 164-171 (8)

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Malaria: The Disease that Claimed the Life of the Boy Pharaoh

- Pp. 172-176 (5)

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George Washingtonʼs Teeth or, the Lack Thereof

- Pp. 177-184 (8)

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Rip van Winkle Syndrome: a Medical Phenomenon from the Peaks of the Hudson Valley

- Pp. 185-189 (5)

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The Deafness of Beethoven

- Pp. 190-194 (5)

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Index

- Pp. 195-208 (14)

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Foreword

I met Dr. William Maloney years ago when he contacted me about how my grandfather, Babe Ruth, really died. His sickness was written about many times and discussed in many circles ... and everyone was mistaken.

Dr. Maloney changed the history, for me, of the passing of Babe Ruth in 1948. We learned much about my grandfather with his struggle to fight his sickness.

In reading this latest book of Dr. Billʼs, I found it intriguing to read about all the famous personalities and how they met their fate. Some may amaze you. There are some important messages on how these people dealt with what they were handed, the defining moment when you have to face your own mortality. It will give you pause for thought.

Dr. Bill, you told me you admired my grandfather, well, I admire you.

Ruthian regards,
Linda Ruth Tosetti


Preface

“I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use” -Galileo Galilei (1564-1642)

Many lessons can be learned from examining the medical lives of the famous people throughout history. First and foremost is that nobody is exempt from physical sufferings, pain, ailments and the eventual death which all humans experience equally regardless of oneʼs fame or finances. Nobody escapes. As Shakespeare wrote in ʻHamletʼ, “To die: - to sleep: No more; and by a sleep to say we end the heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks that flesh is heir to, ʻtis a consummation devoutly to be wished.”

All individuals deal with challenges in life differently. Celebrities are no different. Some, like Babe Ruth, think about helping others through their very own suffering. Some, like President Franklin Roosevelt, become more in touch with the sufferings of others and actually become more successful because of their physical challenges. Others are like President Kennedy who thought he had to suffer in private while trying desperately to be the larger-than-life person that society wanted him to be.

Authors have also given us fictional characters which examine all too real issues which all of us face during the course of our life. Such is true with Shakespeareʼs Othello, Fitzgeraldʼs Benjamin Button, and Dickensʼ Tiny Tim.

Rich or poor, famous or anonymous, ruler or subject, beloved or despised- we all share the same basic human experiences throughout our lifeʼs journey. Maybe the real lesson to be learned by the medical challenges of the famous is to stop and analyze how we face our own lifeʼs challenge.

William James Maloney

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Author(s):
William James Maloney
New York University College of Dentistry
345 First Avenue
New York
New York, 10010
USA




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