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Sept 25, 1967

President Kennedy and Addison's Disease

Author Affiliations

Kansas City, Kan

JAMA. 1967;201(13):1052. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130130078027

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To the Editor:—  Following publication I have received 38 unsolicited letters from lay persons, apparently based on newspaper articles, many enclosing clippings. Twenty were anonymous and hostile! The other 18 were complimentary and signed.Reprint requests have been mostly from practitioners, not associated with institutions. Only a few have been on preprinted request cards. Of the 125 requests, nine are twopage letters from former interns and residents who had been clinically associated with the Kennedy case some time previously. Others were from eminent authorities, one of whom says he was at one time Kennedy's personal physician. All agree with the diagnosis. No adverse criticism has been received from a physician.