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In Kennedy File, a Portrait of Illness and Pain
The New York Times ^ | November 17, 2002 | LAWRENCE K. ALTMAN and TODD S. PURDUM

Posted on 11/16/2002 11:54:39 AM PST by sarcasm

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To: Plutarch
JFK was known to prefer hookers, both professional and amateur, who did all the "work" while Mr. Bad Back reclined. Jackie's biographers also report that he had chronic clamydia with which he infected her. This STD is known to cause miscarriages and stillbirths from which she tragically suffered.
21 posted on 11/16/2002 1:17:11 PM PST by littleleaguemom
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To: 11th Earl of Mar
One biography I read said that JFK got his first dose of the clap when he was but a lad of 17.

By the time of the missile crisis, Kennedy was taking ... antibiotics for a urinary tract infection

Well, they might have been for that sort of condition.

22 posted on 11/16/2002 1:21:32 PM PST by mountaineer
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To: mountaineer
By the time of the missile crisis, Kennedy was taking antispasmodics to control colitis; antibiotics for a urinary tract infection

In a relatively young male, a urinary tract infection is almost surely an STD.

23 posted on 11/16/2002 1:44:17 PM PST by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: sarcasm
A committee of three longtime Kennedy family associates, who for decades refused all requests to look at the records, granted Mr. Dallek's, in part because of his "tremendous reputation,"

That's a crock of BS. This is the same Robert Dallek who is featured in the PBS Reagan Biography and it is clear that he hates Reagan and is not at all unbiased. All Dalleck talks about in the Reagan film is how people were "scared" of Reagan and Goldwater.

24 posted on 11/16/2002 1:56:47 PM PST by krb
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To: sarcasm
So on top of everything else, King Arthur was a hypochondriac as well? Typical effete degenerate -- dissipated blood line, privileged upbringing that reinforced a hereditary superiority his genes couldn't bear. All form and no substance. Consequently, the defining personality of the Democratic Party in the latter half of the 20th century.
25 posted on 11/16/2002 1:58:45 PM PST by IronJack
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To: sarcasm
And of course the democrat hierarchy hid this from the public during the election just like they did FDR's condition ( they knew he was a dying man and wouldn't last a year )at the time of the 44 elections
26 posted on 11/16/2002 2:37:39 PM PST by uncbob
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To: Cicero
I have to believe that having old Joseph Kennedy for a father probably screwed up most of the Kennedy boys. I imagine that Jack was under especially spectacular pressure because old Joe's mantle fell on his shoulders when older brother died in WWII. I think old Joe had his own case of satyriasis.
27 posted on 11/16/2002 2:44:14 PM PST by Clara Lou
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To: sarcasm
I see a lot of psychotropic drugs here. What we had was basically a punk kid who had to be pumped up to function superficially, and needed to be pumped down to sleep.
28 posted on 11/16/2002 3:27:26 PM PST by RLK
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To: sarcasm
The media became of predominant importance with FDR.(Radio)FDR had the brains to use the media. The then media was totally FDR's tool. JFK was the first in American history to be totally created and maintained by the media. In short, the first media creature in history.
30 posted on 11/16/2002 4:40:22 PM PST by AEMILIUS PAULUS
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS
One of the drugs mentioned as a tranquilizer is Stelazine which is called a major tranqilizer but which is really an antipsychotic. I seem to have read in a recent bio ofJackie that Jack was almost psychotic at times, not surprising given he was on Steroids, amphetamiines and downers. All in all the poor guy was not a hypochondriac, he was really sick. The bio of him as a kid talks about how much time he spent in the hospital being worked up for collitis, as a kid. Miserable is my guess and I think he needed the uppers and downers and testosterone just to get up in the AM
31 posted on 11/16/2002 5:03:31 PM PST by cajungirl
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To: sarcasm
Isn't it great of the media to lie to us for forty years and then they _still_ continue to withhold critical information on a forty year dead president and ask to be taken seriously. :-(

The New York Times would be suitable for house-breaking new puppies except that to use it for that purpose would be to subsidize those pathological liars.
32 posted on 11/16/2002 5:19:14 PM PST by cgbg
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To: cgbg
Most interesting. Perhaps the shot fired in Dallas thirty-nine years ago was a mercy killing. Which would throw all the other "conspiracy" theories into total confusion.
33 posted on 11/16/2002 6:29:46 PM PST by alloysteel
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To: alloysteel
...hmmmm....We all know where WE were on Nov. 22,1963, but do we know where kevorkian was?
34 posted on 11/16/2002 6:44:51 PM PST by small voice in the wilderness
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To: cajungirl
All in all the poor guy was not a hypochondriac, he was really sick

Excellent observation. We know so much today about the various disorders that JFK suffered from, but back in the 50s and 60s, almost nothing was known. His physicians did what they could to relieve his symptoms. In addition, a LOT of people were inadvertantly hooked on both uppers and downers...particularly the rich and famous.

I'm not excusing JFK's behavior, but it is more understandable in light of the primitive state of medical and psychological care at the time.

35 posted on 11/16/2002 6:55:48 PM PST by Scully
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To: sarcasm
In an interview this week, Mr. Schlesinger, 85, said that Kennedy "did draw a distinction between true Addison's and broadly construed Addison's" but that he did not know why.

Simple. Because like his protege, Bubba Clinton, Kennedy said it depended on what "is is".
36 posted on 11/17/2002 1:53:52 AM PST by Bush2000
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To: Thinkin' Gal
ROFLMAO. No wonder, huh?
37 posted on 11/18/2002 11:07:51 PM PST by Howlin
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