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Two views of John F. Kennedy's pelvis and lumbar spine x-rays.

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Medical issues with John F. Kennedy's spine.

Can the public ever get enough images of John F. Kennedy?  If buying a lot of five x-rays of the former President’s groin is any indication, the answer may be no.

As many now know, John Fitzgerald Kennedy struggled his entire life with health problems. Addison’s disease, which he and his political camp repeatedly denied Kennedy suffered from, was one of his greatest physical challenges.

Two X-Ray images taken by Harley Laboratories in London on Oct. 2, 1947, and released by Julien’s Auctions, shows John F. Kennedy’s pelvis and lumber spine at the time when doctors gave him the news he had Addison’s.

In 1947, as a young congressman, Kennedy collapsed in London. Sir Daniel Davis, Kennedy’s physician in London, took X-rays and ran diagnostic tests.  After reviewing these tests he promptly diagnosed Kennedy with the disease then told Kennedy’s family friend, “That young American friend of yours… he hasn’t got a year to live.”

Kennedy personally carried back these X-rays to the United States aboard the Queen Mary.

Damage to his collapsed lumbosacral spine is evident to many doctors as was the case when these were first presented., as is residue of pantopaque contrast medium used in earlier studies to examine the space around his spinal cord.


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X-rays of John F. Kennedy's pelvis and lumbar spine.

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An X-ray taken by Harley Laboratories London, of John F. Kennedy's pelvis and lumbar spine, marked "1356. Mr. Kennedy" and dated October 2, 1947. source


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An X-ray taken at New England Baptist Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, of John F. Kennedy's left anterior Oblique - Barium-filled stomach, marked "Kennedy, Lt John/ 10031/ 6-21-44.. source


two views of kennedy's lumbar spine
An X-ray taken at New England Baptist Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, of John F. Kennedy's Anterior posterior view of lumbar spine, marked "Kennedy, Mr. John/ 10031/ 9-6-51." source


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This is the second image of a 1951 study of Kennedy's spine.. source


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An X-ray taken at New England Baptist Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, of John F. Kennedy's left posterior oblique - lumbar spine. source




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