Xrays Of John F. Kennedy's Spine

Two views of John F. Kennedy's pelvis and lumbar spine x-rays.

view 1 facts

Medical Issues With John F. Kennedy's Spine.

Can the public ever get enough images of John F. Kennedy?  If buying a lot of five x-rays of the former President’s groin is any indication, the answer may be no.

As many now know, John Fitzgerald Kennedy struggled his entire life with health problems. Addison’s disease, which he and his political camp repeatedly denied Kennedy suffered from, was one of his greatest physical challenges.

Two X-Ray images taken by Harley Laboratories in London on Oct. 2, 1947, and released by Julien’s Auctions, shows John F. Kennedy’s pelvis and lumber spine at the time when doctors gave him the news he had Addison’s.

In 1947, as a young congressman, Kennedy collapsed in London. Sir Daniel Davis, Kennedy’s physician in London, took X-rays and ran diagnostic tests.  After reviewing these tests he promptly diagnosed Kennedy with the disease then told Kennedy’s family friend, “That young American friend of yours… he hasn’t got a year to live.”

Kennedy personally carried back these X-rays to the United States aboard the Queen Mary.

Damage to his collapsed lumbosacral spine is evident to many doctors as was the case when these were first presented., as is residue of pantopaque contrast medium used in earlier studies to examine the space around his spinal cord.

view 2 images

two views john kennedy's xray

An X-ray taken by Harley Laboratories London, of John F. Kennedy's pelvis and lumbar spine, marked "1356. Mr. Kennedy" and dated October 2, 1947. source

two views of kennedy's stomach

An X-ray taken at New England Baptist Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, of John F. Kennedy's left anterior oblique - Barium-filled stomach, marked "Kennedy, Lt John/ 10031/ 6-21-44.. source

two views of kennedy's groin xray

An X-ray taken at New England Baptist Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, of John F. Kennedy's Anterior posterior view of lumbar spine, marked "Kennedy, Mr. John/ 10031/ 9-6-51." source

two views kennedy spine xray

This is the second image of a 1951 study of Kennedy's spine.. source

two views kennedy's spine radiograph

An X-ray taken at New England Baptist Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, of John F. Kennedy's left posterior oblique - lumbar spine. source

Celebrity x-rays and other famous medical documents pop up all the time online and in auctions. The authenticity of the ones shown here are not verified beyond what has been listed and/or sourced online.


We would love to hear your thoughts and opinions.

Other Amazing Medical Images in Two Views®

IMPORTANT: The information on this page, and throughout the entire site, is not intended to provide advice or treatment for a specific situation. Consult your physician and medical team for information and treatment plans on your specific condition(s). Images are shown for illustrative purposes. Do not attempt to draw conclusions or make diagnoses by comparing these image to other medical images, particularly your own.

More than one million people have already used Two Views to research, compare opinions and learn the facts about healthcare and radiology related topics. It never hurts to get two views.


In 2009 we wondered, why there wasn't a website where you could see different views on the same page? So we created Two Views®. To this day, over 2,000,000 people have visted our site. Read more...


CT and CAT Scans
MRI and MRA Scans

Celebrity Medical Images
Animal Medical Images
Unusual Medical Images
Insane Injury Images
Healthy or Unhealthy?
Wisdom in Two Views


Two Views®
3840 Cadella Circle
Naperville, Illinois 60564