Health Report


Health Report


Grayson, Cary T. (Cary Travers), 1878-1938




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Cary T. Grayson Papers, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library, Staunton, Virginia




The President’s continued favorable condition makes it seem that no useful purpose is being served by the issu issuance of daily bulletins. For the present, therefore, daily announcements will be made Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The countery may be assured that if at any time, should bec it become advisable, the daily bulletins will be resumed.

The President’s physicians have been acting with what seemed to them the greatest possible degree of frankness in keeping the country advised of his condition informed from day to day, and in consonance with that policy they take this opportunity to make this announcements statement:In a nervous breakdown, such as the President has suffered, it should be borne in mind that recovery to normal is necessarily slow and is stimulated principally by relaxation and complete quiet and rest. It is with continued difficulty that the physicians President’s physia physicians prevail upon him to accept this form of treatment to its fullest extent. He insists upon thinking and talking about public business, and as if his progress is continues he may be permitted from time to time to take up some light work. such as the signing of documents. There is no foundation whatever for fears that his exhaustion may have impaired his mentality. His apatite appetite continues good, his digestion has been restored to normal and he suffers no organic difficulty. of any character. His blood pressure and heart action are normal, his eyesight has shown no depreciation impairment in comparison with a year ago and the degree of physical exhaustion which was the natural reflex action from his the exhaustion of the drain on his nervous energies has happily almost entirely passed away.

It is impossible to diagnose with complete accuracy the full ultimate effects of his nervous disability because they are, so far, being steadily overcome by his favorable physical condition. If the favorable progress continues it seems justifiable to hope that in a few weeks he may be out and about again. It is only possible now, however, to stimulate this progress with complete rest, relaxation, diversion and absence of worry and work. It remains to be seen whether the President’s physique is sufficient to recoup him entirely from the rigour rigors of several years of work which have exhausted his nervous energies.

A set back is not expected, but in the case of a man of his age it is always to be regarded as one of the possibilities. The country will be promptly advised if any change in his condition warr warrants a departure from the program of three announcements a week.




Grayson, Cary T. (Cary Travers), 1878-1938, “Health Report,” No date, WWP16970, Cary T. Grayson Papers, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.