The Medical Lives of History`s Famous People

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

Author(s): William James Maloney

Pp: 33-40 (8)

DOI: 10.2174/9781608059362114010008

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John F. Kennedy was elected the first Roman Catholic president of the United States. His presidency lasted only approximately 1,000 days as he was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. During his lifetime, Kennedy suffered many ailments which baffled his physicians and led to numerous hospitalizations. Most prominent on the list of Kennedyʼs ailments were chronic back problems and gastrointestinal disorders. Kennedy was never diagnosed with celiac disease during his lifetime but such a diagnosis would explain his lifelong medical issues for which his physicians could not come up with a suitable diagnosis.

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease in which there are many gastrointestinal manifestations such as diarrhea, weight loss, irritability, and abdominal pain.

Keywords: Abdominal pain, Addisonʼs disease, adrenal crisis, autoimmune disease, barbituates, celiac disease, chronic back pain, codeine, colitis, demerol, diarrhea, gastrointestinal disorders, gluten, lomotril, osteoporosis, testosterone, weight loss.

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