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October 1997

Presidential Judgment: The Twenty-fifth Amendment

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Dallas, Tex

Arch Neurol. 1997;54(10):1254. doi:10.1001/archneur.1997.00550220056014

In 1994, former President Jimmy Carter invited the American Academy of Neurology to organize a forum on presidential disability. The American people will be forever grateful to James F. Toole, MD, LLB, Arthur S. Link, PhD, and J. H. Smith, PhD, for convening the Working Group on Disability in US Presidents, a collaborative group of diverse and distinguished individuals. Their report represents an enormous commitment of time and energy to establish guidelines for the effective implementation of the Twenty-fifth Amendment to the US Constitution.

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The resultant document contains significant recommendations, with respect to the selection and responsibilities of the senior physician in the White House, and emphasizes the importance of an ongoing medical evaluation of the president, with regard to physical and cognitive impairment. In keeping with the intent of the working group to educate the public as to the significance of the Twenty-fifth Amendment, their

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