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
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.
posted on 11/16/2002 6:55:48 PM PST
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