The Contribution of Poliomyelitis to President Roosevelt’s Heart Failure. A Lesson on the Importance of Vaccinations for Cardiovascular Prevention
Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882–1945, Fig. 1), 32nd President of the United States of America, is remembered as one of the key leaders of the Allies in their struggle against the Axis Powers in WW2. A brilliant politician, he managed to restore America’s economic power and prosperity following the Great Depression through his New Deal (1933–1937). Despite his political and military success, his life had been crippled by physical disability since the summer of 1921 when, aged 39, he was diagnosed with a paralytic illness gripping his lower limbs up to the thigh, forcing him onto a wheelchair.
KeywordsRoosevelt Poliomyelitis Heart failure History of medicine Vaccines
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