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President Passes Physical Exam

Dec. 27, 1961 - President Kennedy passed his physical examination today with high marks, but did not quite make straight A’s. The President is in “excellent general health” and exercises have strengthened his back, the official bulletin said, but he is not yet in shape for vigorous physical activity. Dr. Preston Wade of the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, whose principal field is orthopedics, made the examination of the President. The President strained a muscle in his lower back during a tree-planting ceremony in Canada on May 16. Mr. Kennedy has a history of back trouble. He was injured once while playing football in college, and again during his naval service in the Pacific in World War II.


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