President Trump raised the eye on Saturday when he took an unscheduled trip to Walter Reed's National Military Medical Center. He did not appear in public later until Tuesday evening, pointing out speculation that he might have a medical issue.
I tweet, Stephanie Grisham, White House press secretary dismissed this as “irresponsible / dangerous rumors.” Trump was starting on “unexpected parts of his normal annual physical examination,” which she said.
But if Grisham did not want the President's trip to Walter Reed well, he would continue to hide the long tradition of the presidents from medical conditions from the public, until the members of the media were dismissed.
President Grover Cleveland was the first to do so. The story of how this happened was the book of 2011 “The President Is a Sick Man,” by Matthew Algeo.
Cleveland is the only president to serve two non-concerted terms. Shortly after his first inauguration in March 1893, he noticed a rough spot on the roof of his mouth. By June, it was much more.
Doctor diagnosed the tumor as cancer – was more afraid of disease then than it is now.
At the time, the US economy was declining and going towards depression. Cleveland feared – quite rightly, Algeo wrote – if public diagnosis news, the economic situation would be even worse.
Therefore, the plot to deal with Cleveland on the yacht.
The surgery was carried out on the Oneida yacht on 1 July 1893. A team of six surgeons took only 90 minutes to remove the tumor, five teeth and many of the Cleveland family left – all through the roof of their mouth.
“The doctors took incredible risks. It means it was very attractive, ”said Algeo with NPR in 2011.“ I spoke to a few surgeons [at] researching the book, and they are still surprised at this operation: they were able to make this moving boat; [that] they did it very quickly. ”
A few weeks later, a rubber prostrate was added to fill the space in his mouth. Cleveland was a great success, and for a while the community seemed to be more acute.
Then on August 29, the Philadelphia Press published what Algeo calls “one of the greatest scope in American journalism history. The reporter, E.J. Edwards knew all the names of each doctor on board.
Spread the news on papers around the country, threatening to free the Cleveland panic. “The operation is expected to be successful and the President will survive for many years,” said the Londonderry Times. The Indianapolis Journal was concerned that the cancer could “improve his blood” even after surgery and “it would become a mysterious and mysterious enemy.” T
Cleveland associates took up high gears. The chief doctor, Cabinet officials and presidential aide released statements stating that the matter was false. Newspaper editor of Cleveland's close friends said the problem was no more than a toothache.
Plus, there seems to be no physical evidence. The president's face did not change and his voice was as vibrant as ever.
Within the week, the papers turned against Edwards, saying the story was “fake cancer” and “a falsification of any business.” T
“The story of cancer appears to have been terrible in President Cleveland's vexation of the same reliability as the threads about his bulldozer Congressman,” said Salt Lake Herald.
Early in the term, Edwards' reputation was adversely affected, but it lasted long enough to confirm. In 1917 – 24 years after surgery and ten years after heart death from Cleveland – one of the surgeons on board published a book with full details of the daring operation.
Edwards had sent okay, even in most of the details, ”said the surgeon.