Course detail: The Medical History of the American Presidency

This multimedia course details the impact injury and illness have had on the American presidency and, ultimately, United States and world history. Over the 232 years of the American Presidency there have been extraordinary advances in both diagnostic and treatment options for medical illnesses and injuries. Both the treatment at the time of presidential illness and speculation on outcomes with the advantage 21st century medical care will be discussed. We will also examine the changing American press and effects on disclosure of illness. Hidden illnesses in the White house are detailed, including clandestine surgery performed on a president on a yacht at sea, and illness and circumstance leading to the first "functional" woman president and re-election of a dying president. The fascinating medical history of Andrew Jackson and medical truths regarding John F. Kennedy are explored. Other topics covered include the medical aspects of presidential assassinations, controversies regarding the medical care and competency of the White House physicians, Dwight D. Eisenhower's heart attack, the health issues of 2020 presidential candidates, and health demographics which may affect the future of the American presidential elections. The course is designed to be historical, informative, entertaining, at times humorous, and ultimately inspirational and patriotic.

Instructor Bio: Dr. Jay Murphy is a recently retired cardiologist who practiced in Johnson County, Kansas for forty years. After being raised in Ohio and graduating from Denison University and The Ohio State College of Medicine, he completed post graduate training at the University of Kansas in Internal Medicine and Cardiology. Over his career he has been board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Echocardiography and Lipidology. He has spoken widely on preventive cardiology and the above topic and is the author of What Ails the White House, An Introduction to the Medical History of the American Presidency. 

Course Accessibility Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend University of Kansas sponsored events. If you require a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in an event, pleaseemail orcall 913-897-8530 at least three weeks before the first day of the event. 

 Session Detail: OC21272O

Schedule: Every week on Wednesday, starting on 04/14/21 and ending on 04/28/21
Times: 01:00pm - 02:30pm
Single Osher Course : $50.00


Thank you for registering for your Osher online course. Within the week you will receive an email from the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute that will include your Zoom link and password for the class. You will use the same link and password for each of the three course sessions so please save the email. We encourage you to sign into your meeting prior to the class start date to make sure you are comfortable with the process. If you have issues please contact or 785-864-1373. Zoom Course Participation: An individual registration is required for each person in the home, as zoom links are not to be shared.


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Jay Murphy

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Zoom Facilitated Sessions
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Cancellation Policy

A refund less a $5.00 cancellation fee will be assessed for all cancellations made in writing prior to 5 days before the start of the event. After that time, no refunds will be made.