Man, sometimes someone shoots down something assumed true for so long that it had to be true.
Like a brontosaurus suddenly becoming an apatosaurus.
Like telling us that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt probably didn’t have polio.
Oh, he was ill, all right. But Texas researchers say he probably had another paralyzing disease, Guillain-Barre syndrome.
The researchers, who are publishing their findings in Saturday’s issue of the Journal of Medical Biography, say they have concluded Roosevelt had Guillain-Barre. They base their finding on FDR's age (39, a little high) when he was diagnosed with polio, the pattern of his paralysis and the pain he felt.
There is major skepticism here. But this kind of research keeps history on its toes.