JFK – Addison’s Disease Radiograph

In 1947, as a young congressman, Kennedy collapsed in London. Sir Daniel Davis, Kennedy’s physician in London, took X-rays and ran diagnostic tests.  After reviewing these tests he promptly diagnosed Kennedy with the disease then told Kennedy’s family friend, “That young American friend of yours…he hasn’t got a year to live.” (from Two-views.com )

Image from Two-view.com

Kennedy personally carried back these X-rays to the United States aboard the Queen Mary. Damage to his collapsed lumbosacral spine is evident to many doctors as was the case when these were first presented., as is residue of pantopaque contrast medium used in earlier studies to examine the space around his spinal cord. (from two-views link)

 

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