Author: William James Maloney

The Medical Lives of History’s Famous People

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Library License: US $168
ISBN: 978-1-60805-937-9 (Print)
ISBN: 978-1-60805-936-2 (Online)
Year of Publication: 2014
DOI: 10.2174/97816080593621140101


The Medical Lives of History`s Famous People highlights the effects of various diseases on the public lives of famous individuals in history. The contents of this book include chapters on the historical facts concerning Babe Ruth`s heroic battle with nasopharyngeal carcinoma, the oral cancer affecting Sigmund Freud, Celiac disease (the cause of president John F. Kennedy`s lifelong medical travails), porphyria (the condition afflicting King George), Hemophilia (the ‘Royal disease’) and much more.

The Medical Lives of History`s Famous People is an interesting and valuable resource for general readers and researchers, alike, seeking historical information about several medical ailments.


I met Dr. William Maloney years ago when he contacted me about how my grandfather, Babe Ruth, really died. His sickness was written about many times and discussed in many circles ... and everyone was mistaken.

Dr. Maloney changed the history, for me, of the passing of Babe Ruth in 1948. We learned much about my grandfather with his struggle to fight his sickness.

In reading this latest book of Dr. Billʼs, I found it intriguing to read about all the famous personalities and how they met their fate. Some may amaze you. There are some important messages on how these people dealt with what they were handed, the defining moment when you have to face your own mortality. It will give you pause for thought.

Dr. Bill, you told me you admired my grandfather, well, I admire you.

Ruthian regards,
Linda Ruth Tosetti