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[Editorial] The health of a president: an unnecessary distraction

The respected New York Times physician-journalist, Lawrence K Altman, often wrote about the personal health of US presidential candidates and other elected leaders in high office. He argued that the medical records of each president should be made publicly available and that the public have a right to know that their president is fit to fulfil the role. Last week, the health of President Donald Trump became the subject of sometimes wild political speculation after the release of his first physical examination results since he took office.