What disease did Abraham Lincoln have?


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It is believed by some physicians that Abraham Lincoln suffered from Marfan syndrome. However, there is no DNA evidence to support this claim. It cannot be verified from any source that he definitely had the disease.

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In 1962, based on photographic evidence, Dr. A. M. Gordon of Cincinnati suggested that Abraham Lincoln suffered from Marfan syndrome. This was solely based on the appearance of Lincoln as a tall, lanky figure with slightly longer hands than is normal.

Marfan syndrome is a genetic disorder that affects the heart and the lungs. In more severe cases, the valves of the heart do not function properly. The disease may also affect the eyes, the spinal cord and the skeleton.

The syndrome was first studied and identified by a French pediatrician named Antoine Marfan in 1896. It is a genetically inherited disorder.

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