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October 1997

Disability in US Presidents Report: Recommendations and Commentaries by the Working Group

Author Affiliations

From the Stroke Research Center and the Departments of Neurology (Dr Toole) and History (Drs Link and Smith), The Bowman Gray School of Medicine, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC. The names of the conveners, the members of the editorial committee, those who endorsed these recommendations and commentaries, the participants in the January 26-28, 1995, November 10-12, 1995, and December 1-3, 1996, meetings, benefactors and sponsors, and subcommittee members are listed in a box on the next page.; Dr James Toole will retain copyright and allow the Archives to publish this article in the Archives of Neurology and other derivative publications and products of the American Medical Association. This work has been previously published as a monograph (Disability in US Presidents: Report, Recommendations and Commentaries by the Working Group. Winston-Salem, NC: Bowman Gray Scientific Press; 1997 [ISBN No. 0-9644070-1-9]).

Arch Neurol. 1997;54(10):1256-1264. doi:10.1001/archneur.1997.00550220058015

If the president of the United States must decide within minutes how to respond to a dire emergency, its citizens expect him or her to be mentally competent and to act wisely. Because the presidency of the United States is now the world's most powerful office, should its incumbent become even temporarily unable to exercise good judgment, the consequences for the world could be unimaginably far-reaching.

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