The true story of the U.S. president who kept his disability a secret

When 24-year-old John F. Kennedy tried to enlist during World War II, he was initially turned away. Although he was the son of one of America’s wealthiest entrepreneurs, Kennedy was not rejected because of connections. The doctors had a legitimate medical concern: Kennedy had a slipped disc around his lumbar spine, because the adjacent bone had inexplicably softened....

Originally posted on salon.com