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Pernicious anemia ruined Mary Lincoln's life and reputation. And, almost certainly, it got her husband killed. Undeniably smart, savvy, and cultured, her unaccountable lapses of judgment as First Lady and widow made her one of the most controversial figures in American history. But now the central mystery of her life has been solved... with science. In this scholarly book, renowned Presidential medical historian John Sotos, MD examines the tell-tale clues in Mary Lincoln's turbulent life to arrive at a diagnosis -- pernicious anemia -- that explains her insanity, irritability, poor judgment, innumerable physical symptoms, and early death, while explaining how her personal tragedies intensified the disease. Mary Lincoln's faults were in her metabolism, not in her character. Primarily a reference work, this book is a must-have for anyone with a deep interest in Mary Lincoln or in a tale of how history can be wrong for 150 years.
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If not assassinated, what would have been Abraham Lincoln's destiny? Based on hundreds of eyewitness accounts of Lincoln and on all 130 surviving photographs of him, The Physical Lincoln provides the surprising answer: cancer would have killed Lincoln in less than a year. In The Physical Lincoln, Dr. John Sotos, of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, shows how a master diagnostician would analyze Lincoln's hands, feet, lips, heart, and more, to reach the inescapable conclusion that Lincoln and four members of his family had a rare genetic cancer syndrome called MEN2B. With over 200 illustrations and clear, engaging prose that high schoolers will grasp, The Physical Lincoln is a captivating tour of Lincoln's body and a fascinating Sherlock Holmes examination of a fascinating man. It offers fundamental new insights into Lincoln and brings you closer to him than ever before. A must-read for history enthusiasts, it is also the perfect book to stimulate a young person's interest in science and medicine. Why is the diagnosis important? About the books. Order. Also consider: