Medical History of American Presidents

George Washington · John Adams · Thomas Jefferson · James Madison · James Monroe · John Q. Adams · Andrew Jackson · Martin van Buren · William Harrison · John Tyler · James Polk · Zachary Taylor · Millard Fillmore · Franklin Pierce · James Buchanan · Abraham Lincoln · Andrew Johnson · Ulysses Grant · Rutherford Hayes · James Garfield · Chester Arthur · Grover Cleveland · Benjamin Harrison · William McKinley · Theodore Roosevelt · William Taft · Woodrow Wilson · Warren Harding · Calvin Coolidge · Herbert Hoover · Franklin Roosevelt · Harry Truman · Dwight Eisenhower · John Kennedy · Lyndon Johnson · Richard Nixon · Gerald Ford · James Carter · Ronald Reagan · George Bush · William Clinton · George W. Bush · Barack Obama · Donald Trump · Joseph Biden

This website tabulates the illnesses of American Presidents and other notable people. Both laypersons and physicians will find it interesting.

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Because facts matter, I have been scrupulous in citing references. That is not enough, however, as I now believe that writing accurately about any President’s medical history is impossible unless primary sources are thoroughly examined. I have seen too many misinterpretations in secondary sources.

Within the present collection, the pages for both Abraham Lincoln and William Taft rest upon exhaustive first-hand reviews of the primary literature. You can take them to the bank. The information for VP Cheney is similarly based, but the sources are scant.