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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The Cancer of President U.S. Grant

Pp. 58-64 (7)

William James Maloney


This chapter analyzes the oral squamous cell carcinoma of American Civil War hero Ulysses Grant. Today, the deleterious effects of the use of alcohol and tobacco are well documented and many forms of oral cancer can now be treated very successfully if diagnosed at an early stage. Such was not the case in the nineteenth century. Grantʼs case illustrates both the need for early detection of head and neck cancers and the importance of the public understanding the harmful effects of tobacco and alcohol.


American Civil War, biopsy, epithelioma, exophytic, hypoepiglottic ligament, leukoplakia, lymph nodes, nicotine, optical diagnosis, oral cancer, oral medicine, photodynamic diagnosis, squamous cell carcinoma, oral pathology.


New York University College of Dentistry 345 First Avenue New York NY 10010 USA.