Celiac Disease: The Cause of President John F. Kennedyʼs Life- Long Medical Travails
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William James Maloney
John F. Kennedy was elected the first Roman Catholic president of the
United States. His presidency lasted only approximately 1,000 days as he was
assassinated in Dallas, Texas. During his lifetime, Kennedy suffered many ailments
which baffled his physicians and led to numerous hospitalizations. Most prominent on
the list of Kennedyʼs ailments were chronic back problems and gastrointestinal
disorders. Kennedy was never diagnosed with celiac disease during his lifetime but such
a diagnosis would explain his lifelong medical issues for which his physicians could not
come up with a suitable diagnosis.
Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease in which there are many gastrointestinal
manifestations such as diarrhea, weight loss, irritability, and abdominal pain.
Abdominal pain, Addisonʼs disease, adrenal crisis, autoimmune
disease, barbituates, celiac disease, chronic back pain, codeine, colitis, demerol,
diarrhea, gastrointestinal disorders, gluten, lomotril, osteoporosis, testosterone,
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