The History of Presidential Physicals

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President Donald Trump will undergo his first full physical exam as president today— an event that’s attracting an unusual degree of scrutiny amid questions about his mental health and fitness for office. Presidential are not mandatory, but the medical results reported are typically brief, with an overview of a few basic metrics — cholesterol levels, weight, blood pressure — and may note some idiosyncrasies.

David Orentlicher is the co-director of the health law program at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and he says that, “the president’s health isn’t only of importance to the president but to all of us, so we do expect presidents to reveal information that other people don’t have to, just like their financial information.” However, some information regarding the President’s health is often left out. So if the presidential physical is not mandatory, and doctors often leave some alarming information out of the physical, why do presidents still undergo the test and report their results?

Guest: David Orentlicher

Co-director of the health law program at University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

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