The Physical Lincoln
Presentation followed by conversation with Angie Coiro and booksigning
Sunday, June 23, 2013
New Venture Hall
Abraham Lincoln was a very unusual looking man. Yes, he was tall -- six feet four inches -- but there was more: his arms were too long, he was impossibly skinny, his hands were disproportionately large, and his face was homely and "warty."
Dr. John Sotos, Adjunct Professor of Medicine at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, will review these signs and others showing that Lincoln had a very specific problem in his DNA: a rare hereditary cancer disorder called MEN2B. He will show that Lincoln had less than a year to live when he was shot, that three of Lincoln's four sons had the disease, and that understanding Lincoln the man is impossible without understanding the physical Lincoln.
If this sounds like a case from the television show, "House, MD," that is not coincidence. For six seasons Dr. Sotos was a medical technical advisor to the show.