Donald Trump — who is dramatically unveiling some (presumably positive) health news on the TV today — has one of the most famous doctor's notes in modern history. Dr. Harold Bornstein, a gastroenterologist who is apparently Trump's primary care physician, touted Trump's "astonishingly excellent" medical test results last December and proclaimed him the "healthiest individual ever" to near the Oval Office, and his new health update can only be a step down, in terms of color.
But Dr. Otto Pickhardt, were he still alive, would fit just fine in the 2016 presidential race, as British journalist Amol Rajan reminds us:
Winston Churchill's "postaccident convalescence" was necessary because, at the start of a U.S. speaking tour in 1932 (in his political "wilderness" years, when he was busy opposing India's Mahatma Gandhi and universal suffrage), he stepped out in the street and was run down by a car. He needed a prescription for "alcoholic spirits" because this was during Prohibition, and it's not clear if the 250 cc "minimum requirement" of alcohol — that's 8.5 ounces — was daily or total. You can read more about Churchill's "New York misadventure" from Churchill's own account in The Daily Mail, or in summarized form Open Culture.
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