The politics of presidential illness

  title={The politics of presidential illness},
  author={Robert E. Gilbert},
  booktitle={Politics and the Life Sciences},
Abstract This paper assesses the likelihood that the Iran-Contra scandal was shaped heavily by the effects of Ronald Reagan's cancer surgery in summer, 1985. During the President's hospitalization and in the period soon after, he took several actions—which he apparently did not remember—that launched a policy that was unwise, counterproductive, and a failure. These damaged both his Administration and his standing in history. The 25th Amendment afforded Reagan the means by which his involvement… 

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  • Peter J. Ling
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    European Journal of American Culture
  • 2021
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Age-related decline in executive function appears to be a relatively selective cognitive deterioration, generally sparing language and memory function, and based on the known neuroanatomical and neuropathological changes that occur with aging, it is likely that a significant proportion of political leaders over the age of 65 have impairment of executive function.

Neurologische Erkrankung und Politik



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  • J. Coakley
  • History
    The Oxford Handbook of Irish Politics
  • 2021
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