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JFK Orders "One of Those Blue Pills"

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Participants: John Kennedy, George Burkley                  

President Kennedy suffered from extraordinarily poor health throughout his life and was read the last rites by a Catholic priest twice before he had reached the age of 30. Among his many afflictions was Addison's disease, a potentially life-threatening condition. Later in life, he suffered from chronic back pain. The combination of illness and pain required significant doses of medication. In this telephone call, President Kennedy asks White House physician Admiral George Burkley to "send up a little extra medication."

The Great "What If": JFK and the Withdrawal of Troops from Vietnam

by Marc Selverstone

See also Marc Selverstone's op-ed in the Boston Globe on March 9, 2006, available here.

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