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Lincoln-Marfan Debate...

Harold Schwartz, MD
JAMA. 1964;189(2):164. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03070020092028.
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To the Editor:—  The archives do not permit an unequivocal description of Nancy Hanks or Thomas Lincoln. Lincoln's mother has also been depicted as being of heavy build, squat, and 5 feet 5 inches tall. Dolichocephaly, kyphosis, and a sad visage are no more diagnostic of Marfan's than is mere excessive height and lankiness. Her appearance does not influence my data. Lincoln's father Thomas was just shy of 6 feet tall. Close-knit ribs may in some cases be a manifestation of the entity. Thomas' physique, however, is not relevant since Gordon has elsewhere accepted pyknic, stocky Robert Lincoln (the president's son) as having a forme fruste and carrying the gene, and my report compared the two as such. His report is more specific on Lincoln's legacy than his letter, and he quotes the president as saying that he inherited through his mother the qualities of an unknown Virginian who betrayed


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