President Lyndon B. Johnson’s doctor, Dr. Joseph Eusterman, wrote on January 16, 2021:
Thank you CAM and Mr. DiEugenio for this superb and important essay.
I am a 91 years young retired internist. I was stationed at USNH-NNMC-Bethesda (now Walter Reed) from ’61 to ’63 caring for hi-ranking Navy, Marine and civilian govt. personnel. When then VP Johnson emergently returned from Pope John 23’s installation in Italy due to a painful kidney stone attack, I was assigned to oversee his case management. He was a challenging patient mainly due to his unwelcome, intrusive illness. I was able to quickly gain his trust and he asked me to accompany him over the 3 days of tests and treatments.
In discussing the challenges of his care and his case with our chief cardiologist, Cdr. J.J. Dempsey, who had assisted Dr. Willis Hurst of Emory caring for Mr. Johnson’s severe heart attack some years earlier, I will always remember his saying, “It is frightening to realize there is only a heartbeat between that man and the presidency of the United States.” (Jack’s experiences with LBJ are another interesting story.)
During those 2 years, I enjoyed meeting and caring for then AG RFK, USIA head Ed Murrow, Sen. Dirksen, Dr. Janet Travell among many other interesting people.
It all made me acutely aware over the ensuing years of the huge cost to America and the world from the assassinations of JFK, MLK, RFK, Hammarskjold, and more recently, so sadly, Sen. Paul Wellstone. How much different, and better, things would be today if they had not been “taken out” by the warmongers of the military-industrial-political complex!
There MUST now be prompt and ongoing accountability to prevent further fascistic sedition here (e.g., arrest of Trump on Jan. 7) and abroad (CIA et al). As my wonderful father used to say to me, “No excuses are necessary, Joe, because none are acceptable.”
Dr. Joseph Eusterman
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