Kennedy campaigning with crutches Kennedy in rocking chair (helped with his back pain)

In his boyhood and throughout his young life, Jack Kennedy suffered from an incredible number of health problems including; scarlet fever, diphtheria, appendicitis, malaria, jaundice, hepatitis, adrenal insufficiency, irritable stomach, a hearing problem (left ear), pet allergy (dogs), and chronic back pain. Despite all this, to the public he later defined the look of vibrant American youth, a huge accomplishment, due largely to Jack's sheer will power in overcoming his health problems.

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