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Sept 25, 1967

President Kennedy and Addison's Disease

JAMA. 1967;201(13):1052. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130130078026

To the Editor:—  Dr. John Nichols presents a convincing argument (201:115, 1967) that the late President John F. Kennedy suffered from Addison's disease and was the third of three cases in the paper by Nicholas et al.1 After giving strong circumstantial evidence in support of his hypothesis, he attempts to show that it is logically impossible for the late President not to have had Addison's disease. This is circular reasoning.Dr. Nichols says:It is most unlikely that two persons with the same age and clinical history of the late President would have undergone similar surgery in the same hospital on the same day and returned on exactly the same time four months later for removal of the plates. If so, Nicholas et al would have illustrated their paper with four cases instead of three.Dr. Nichols uses the above argument to prove that Nicholas' third case could