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    [William McKinley] Call Book of Dr. Presley M. Rixey, Personal Physician to President McKinley 8vo. Walsh's Physicians' Combined Call Book and Tablet Weekly Form. This unique item contains a daily call list of Dr. Presley M. Rixey, President and First Lady McKinley's personal physician from September 1899 to September of 1900. The first several pages of the book contain general reference information for physicians such as dosage amounts, poison antidotes, infant care information, even the average pulse rate for people of all ages. Each page in the book is gridded so the doctor can list out patients seen each day and write notes regarding visits. The back is gridded for cash received and bookkeeping. Dr. Rixey saw White House staff such as the Secretary of the Navy, but each week without fail Mrs. McKinley was the first listed and was seen almost every day. President McKinley always follows listed as "The President."

    The steadfast medical devotion shown to Mrs. McKinley is not surprising. After the death of both her children, Mrs. McKinley's health rapidly began to fail as a form of epilepsy started causing unpredictable seizures. Her health fluctuated uncertainly for most of her life. Whether her illness was the cause of some physical ailment or, as some have speculated, psychological duress of the stress of public life and the loss of her children will never be known. However, Mrs. McKinley did her best to fill the role of a politician's wife. When she was able she attended functions, even if it was sitting in a rocking chair as her husband gave speeches from their front porch. After President McKinley was assassinated, Ida lived another six years before following.

    Contained in the book are five of Rixey's calling cards, one of them affixed to the inside of the front cover. Book is presented in beautiful custom made cloth slip cover, while the book itself has heavy wear with some chipping on cover. Otherwise in very good condition.


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