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In Sickness and in Health

In this interview, James A. Morone speaks about how presidents' personal experiences shaped their health care policy.

By and large, our modern presidents have not been a healthy bunch. Franklin Delano Roosevelt, a victim of polio, could barely walk with assistance. Dwight D. Eisenhower had two heart attacks, a stroke and suffered from Crohn’s disease. John F. Kennedy medicated himself with 26 different drugs to combat severe intestinal problems, back pain, osteoporosis and Addison’s disease—and had the last rites of the Catholic Church read to him four times as an adult. … Back to Article

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