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America’s Founding Fathers: How Did They Die?

The Last Day’s of Our Founding Fathers.

Curious to know about the last days of each of America’s Founding Fathers I went on a three day search.  What I discovered was unpleasant and sometimes unimaginable.  Often the maladies people suffered from in the Eighteenth Century were not nearly as painful as the cures.  This I expected to find.  In a few instances the death of a Founding Father was treated with indifference and even disrespect.  This I did not anticipate, but I will name names of the villains involved.       

Thomas Jeffersonwas stricken with Prostate Cancer in the later years of his life.  A danger which developed as a result of the cancer was the inability to urinate.  Dr.Robley Dunglison discovered Jefferson had prostatic hypertrophy.  This was obstructing the flow of urine.  To treat his patient, Dunglison used flexible cylinders made of elastic gum which were pushed through the urethra and past the obstruction.  (I will pause here to allow men reading this to grimace with pain.)   Jefferson found immediate relief after this technique was used.   Unfortunately, this was a period in history when no one thought to ask, “Are those things clean?”   As a result bacteria traveled all over Jefferson’s lower extremities and set up a tent in his kidneys.  His last days were plagued with health problems including, kidney, nephropathy, uremia, diarrhea, and pneumonia. 

George Washington was said to have died from pneumonia at the age of 67.  If the witch doctors caring for him had said, “Let’s just let him rest,” he might have lived another twenty years.  As it was however, they killed him by draining nearly a half- gallon of blood from his ailing body.  This was referred to as “bloodletting” which historians feel possibly contributed to Washington’s death.  I am not a historian, but feel certain that in modern times these pricey doctors couldn’t get a job euthanizing cats in Istanbul.  So I am confident in saying the doctors attending Washington did kill the 1st President of the United States.

Johns Adams died the same day as Thomas Jefferson (July 4, 1826).  It was exactly 50 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence.  At the age of 90 John Adams died from Congestive Heart Failure.  This was not only a sad day for Americans, but also for the doctors who were attending him as they were unable to torture Adams in the same manner as the rest of our founding fathers.

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