Excerpts In Kennedy File, a Portrait of Illness and Pain By LAWRENCE K. ALTMAN and TODD S. PURDUM [W] ASHINGTON, Nov. 16 ? The first thorough examination of President John F. Kennedy's medical records, conducted by an independent presidential historian with a medical consultant, has found that Kennedy suffered from more ailments, was in far greater pain and was taking many more medications than the public knew at the time or biographers have since described. As president, he was famous for having a bad back, and since his death, biographers have pieced together details of other illnesses, including persistent digestive problems and Addison's disease, a life-threatening lack of adrenal function. But newly disclosed medical files covering the last eight years of Kennedy's life, including X-rays and prescription records, show that he took painkillers, antianxiety agents, stimulants and sleeping pills, as well as hormones to keep him alive, with extra doses in times of stress. Full story at: http://www.nytimes.com/2002/11/17/p...00&en=f0d0697aa7b5d7c2&ei=5062&partner=GOOGLE The list of drugs he took regularly is impressive. It is ssurprising that he was able to maintain such an active sex life.