michigan: Completely Random, Though Hopefully Interesting, Fact Of the Day! - 08/06/08 02:20 AM
Perhaps this is already common knowledge, but I recently learned that there is now a major dispute over which illness actually caused Franklin D. Roosevelt's paralysis. For many years (since the initial diagnosis), it has been believed that FDR suffered from paralytic poliomyelitis (polio), which was a major epidemic of the era. Recent studies, however, suggest that FDR's age at the time of contraction, the symptoms he suffered, and the progression of the illness point much more toward Guillain-Barre syndrome than polio.
I feel a bit like everything I learned in my 4th grade American History class must be a sham...
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