Lip Service

I’m strangely unsurprised to hear that at least one of Kennedy’s interns did a Monica. More interesting was news of the president’s medical problems.

Most of his book details JFK’s serial health problems, including Addison’s disease. He writes how aides trailed him during his campaign for election with a doctor’s bag carrying enough medicine to kill a man if ingested all at once.

Addison’s disease is a hormonal disorder characterised by “weight loss, muscle weakness, fatigue, low blood pressure, and sometimes darkening of the skin in both exposed and nonexposed parts of the body.” Possibly this is the inspiration for Pres Bartlett’s MS in West Wing.