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August 5, 1998

HistoryThe Dying President: Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1944-1945

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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by Robert H. Ferrell, 185 pp, $24.95 ISBN 0-8262-1171-2, Columbia, Mo, University of Missouri Press, 1998.

JAMA. 1998;280(5):482. doi:10.1001/jama.280.5.482-JBK0805-5-1

The sudden and tragic death of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt— FDR—from a massive cerebral hemorrhage on April 12, 1945, in Warm Springs, Ga, was described by his attending cardiologist as "a bolt out of the blue." Robert Ferrell's brief, tightly constructed book, The Dying President, comprising a "medical record" in the broadest sense for 1944-1945, makes it abundantly clear that the fatal event was anything but an unexpected cosmic occurrence. Rather, Roosevelt's catastrophic cardiovascular demise was readily foreseeable in well-documented but equally well-concealed medical and nonmedical observations stretching back more than a year.

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