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Could modern medicine have saved Lincoln’s life?

Maybe so, according to Philip Mackowiak’s fascinating piece of speculation in The Atlantic.  “Optimal management combining early mobilization, a multidisciplinary approach to treatment, and early aggressive rehabilitation might have saved Lincoln,” he writes.  “However, it could not have restored his neurological function to normal.  At best, he would have been left with several permanent neurological deficits,” such as lack of impulse control, partial paralysis, and problems with speaking and writing.

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