Presidential Health and Public Trust

By Robert Ferrell
(University of Missouri, Hardcover, 9780826208644, 224pp.)

Publication Date: September 1992

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In Ill-Advised: Presidential Health and Public Trust, now available in paperback, noted historian Robert H. Ferrell presents powerful evidence of frightening medical scandals in the White House. Malpractice, missing public records, and politically motivated cover-ups have hidden sometimes severe presidential illnesses from the American people. Ferrell traces these often shocking incidents--from Grover Cleveland's secret surgery for cancer to the questionable reporting on the health of both Ronald Reagan and George Bush.

About the Author

Robert H. Ferrell is the author or editor of many books on U.S. Presidents, including Dear Bess, Woodrow Wilson and World War I, and Truman in the White House:  The Diary of Eben A. Ayers.  He is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Indiana University in Bloomington.

Praise For Ill-Advised

"Documents the many concealments, half-truths and outright lies perpetrated by presidents and their doctors."--U.S. News and World Report

"Well organized and solidly documented, the book is written in more or less journalistic fashion; the narrative is absorbing, while the recounting of the episodes of illness is generally accurate and authoritative."--Journal of American History

"In this fascinating account of the mismanagement of presidents' health problems since the days of Grover Cleveland, Robert Ferrell reminds us that being important carries no guarantee about receiving good health care. He details medical treatment of presidents that has ranged from the marginally adequate to the scandalously incompetent. Compounding the problem Ferrell describes is the deliberate concealment of presidential illness by presidents and their handlers over the years."--Register of the Kentucky Historical Society

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