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Unexpected Illness

A sore throat is just a sore throat, right? Find out how it wasn’t so for George Washington in this memoir on his last illness by James Jackson, MD. Click to access the memoir online and to view a portrait of Dr. Jackson.

Memoir on the last sickness of General Washington and its treatment by the attendant physicians, Boston, 1860

Author: James Jackson, MD (1777–1867)

Published six decades after George Washington’s death, this memoir offers detailed accounts of his last illness. James Jackson, MD, author of the memoir provides medical analysis of Washington’s symptoms and treatments by physicians who attended him. He also discusses changes in medical knowledge and treatment of the same illness since 1799.