The life, times, and health care of Harry L Hopkins: Presidential advisor and perpetual patient

Theodore N. Pappas, Sven Swanson

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Abstract

Harry Hopkins was the most important nontitled allied leader in World War II. He was the advisor to President Roosevelt who managed the diplomacy between Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin from 1941 to 1946. Throughout these times, Hopkins was ill and required transfusions, admissions to the hospital, and nutritional supplementation to keep him well enough to travel the world and manage the allied war diplomacy. There has been no unifying theory to account for all his symptoms and his reported pathologic and autopsy findings. In this paper, we will review his political and medical history and a differential diagnosis of his illness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)49-59
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Medical Biography
Volume26
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2018
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • gastric cancer
  • Harry Hopkins
  • Winston Churchill
  • World War II

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • History and Philosophy of Science

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