The Medical Lives of History`s Famous People

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This eBook “ Medical Lives of History`s Famous People” highlights the consequences of numerous medical concerns of historical individuals. It also discusses in depth how the public lives of ...
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President William Taft and Sleep Apnea

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William James Maloney


William Taft was the 27th president of the United States. Much of the story of his medical travails centers upon one thing-his weight. Taft moved up the political ladder relatively quickly but, was never happy in politics. He was pushed by his father and his wife to reach great heights in politics. He would have rather simply practiced law. Taftʼs weight caused him to develop sleep apnea. After his term as president ended, he almost immediately lost approximately 70 pounds permanently. His sleep apnea disappeared as he lost the weight.


Blood pressure, depression, history, macroglossia, neck circumference, obesity, sleep apnea, small mandible size, snoring, somnolence.


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