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We have been so bad with our blog, just so bad you guys. We are going to try to be better and use this space for factoids, messages, updates and off-topic material going forward. We promise!
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We are always happy to receive submissions and we want all our “query-ers” (queriers?) to be happy too. So from time to time we like to post ways you can make it more likely that your submission will be successful. Today’s hint: Don’t write a list. By list, we don’t mean the famous Internet format. We don’t do a lot of lists, but we aren’t against that. What we mean is the piece that tries to cover a life time’s worth of experiences in 1000 words. You end up with a virtual list. “I remember the time I got cancer. The diagnosis made me sad. Then I had surgery. Then I had chemotherapy. Gosh,...
We didn't get a lot of action on our current poll, but what we did get did not show any preference among the choices. People seemed to equally be interested the topics of families, cancer, etc. We've put up a new poll, so, as they say, vote early and vote often!
Our contributors are doing some amazing things (besides writing for You&Me.) Akil Wingate is a musician as well as a writer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jesIqrH8Z4s Francis Diclemente writes prose and poetry: https://francisdiclemente.wordpress.com/ Kevin Carlson has been involved in filmaking: http://filmmaker178.rssing.com/browser.php?indx=4156484&item=603
Our contributors get up to some amazing stuff when they aren't on You&Me America's Medical Magazine. For example: They write books! Aimee Heckel http://www.aimeeheckel.com/#!resume-books/c10yw ​Anessa L. Haney http://www.amazon.com/Anessa-L.-Haney/e/B00ITHSV84 ​Angil Tarach-Ritchey http://www.amazon.com/Angil-Tarach-Ritchey-RN-GCM/e/B006LLWY0G ​Brett Weiss http://www.amazon.com/Brett-Weiss/e/B001JS0BCO ​Carol Gee http://www.amazon.com/Carol-Gee/e/B00MI8DJ0A ​
To recap: The Candidates Andrew Jackson Woodrow Wilson Franklin D. Roosevelt John F. Kennedy Which candidate "wins" the prize title of "America's Sickest President?" Remember we are judging on two axes or prongs: The degree of debility and the impact on the presidency. Fourth Runner up: Andrew Jackson. Jackson had a lifetime of very significant medical problems, but it's unclear if they had much impact on his presidency or indeed, were that much worse than what many people endured in the paleo-apocalyptic landscape of America in the beginning of the 19th century. Third Runner up: FDR...
Finalist number four: John F. Kennedy What JFK, super stud? Well about that… One theme that jumps out with our more modern examples is just as with celebrities such as Michael Jackson, being a famous person does not mean you are going to get famously good medical care. In fact Wilson, FDR, Harding and JFK had personal physicians of very minimal competence and/or a tendency to be more interested in maintaining their privileged position than ensuring that their patients got the best possible care. Physicians can be star struck just like everyone else. I think also that some of the blame rests...
Our third finalist: Woodrow Wilson Ever joked that someone with half-a-brain could do as good a job as a president you don’t particularly care for? Well, people in 1920 got to try that on for real with Woodrow Wilson, president from March 1913 to March 1921 (in those days if you won the November election you didn’t start your actual term until the next March.) Mr. Wilson has had the misfortune of having his medical history extensively examined during the years of Freudian psychology ascendancy but it appears he had probably suffered from cerebral vascular disease for years. He’d had transient...

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