by Jerrold M. Post and Robert S. Robins, 235 pp, $25, ISBN 0-300-05683-4, New Haven, Conn, Yale University Press, 1993.
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That illness, physical or mental, can have enormous impact on an individual's decision-making ability is eloquently affirmed in this masterful work. If the affected party should happen to be the leader of a country, then the very foundations ofthat society's political process can be seriously undermined. To not be aware of or understand the impact of our leaders' illnesses is to deny ourselves a measure of control over our own future.
"...the prosperity of a country has as much to do with the mental and physical well-being of its leaders as does the size of its gross national product or the strength of its industrial-military complex."
Accordingly, Post and Robins have performed an important task in helping the reader appreciate that the prosperity of a country has as much to do with the mental and physical well-being of its leaders as does the size of its gross national product or
Rutkow IM. When Illness Strikes the Leader: The Dilemma ofthe Captive King. JAMA. 1993;270(20):2498-2499. doi:10.1001/jama.1993.03510200104044