There was a really interesting feature in the NY Post yesterday about Franklin Roosevelt and his health issues. The authors, who have published a book, contend that Roosevelt had melanoma tht was diagnosed in his second term. The article is very interesting -
This disease would metastasize to Roosevelt's abdomen and his brain, causing a tumor that eventually killed him on April 12, 1945.
Which means the cerebral hemorrhage that struck him down shortly before V-E Day was not "a bolt out of the blue," as his doctors contended -- and as historians have long believed -- but the inevitable result of a catastrophic illness, compounded by heart problems.
Dr. Steven Lomazow, a veteran neurologist, and I reached this conclusion -- and others about Roosevelt's health -- after a five-year investigation, the findings of which are in our new book, "FDR's Deadly Secret." How can we be certain? After all, Roosevelt's doctors always denied he had cancer, no autopsy was performed and, save for a few lab slips, FDR's medical file disappeared after his death.
But a careful inspection of hundreds of photos of the lesion indicates a melanoma, according to the late Dr. Bernard Ackerman, the world's foremost dermatopathologist, who worked with us.
Moreover, evidence from Roosevelt’s shockingly inept delivery of his final public speech strongly suggests that he suffered from hemianopia -- the inability to see the text in the left side of his field of vision.
Some will see confirmation that FDR was indeed "the sick man of Yalta," incapable of negotiating skillfully with the determined Soviet dictator, Joseph Stalin, on the future of postwar Europe -- a failure, critics have charged, that resulted in a generation of iron-curtain rule over half the continent.
Others will see a determined champion, tirelessly and selflessly guiding America through the worldwide conflagration of WWII while contending with the ravages of the diseases that were taking his own life.
In fact, even as soldiers were fighting the enemy on the battlefields, a parallel struggle was under way in the White House to preserve the president against he considerable medical challenges that surrounded him.
Roosevelt was at the center of this battle -- not as a disengaged and uninterested spectator, as historians have long believed, but as a chief executive who took an active and decisive role in determining the course of his own medical struggle, just as he did in the fight against the Axis powers.