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Question regarding Anna Roosevelt Cowles' (TR's older sister) and spinal issue

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  • John
    According to Betty Boyd Caroli in The Roosevelt Women and Lillian Rixey s bio called Bamie, Anna Roosevelt Cowles always claimed she was dropped by a nurse in
    Message 1 of 2 , Jul 11 1:07 PM
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      According to Betty Boyd Caroli in The Roosevelt Women and Lillian Rixey's bio called Bamie, Anna Roosevelt Cowles always claimed she was dropped by a nurse in the bathtub. But did the spinal injury result in severe scoliosis? Did she wear a brace throughout her life and not just in childhood? I have read that later in life she was restricted to a wheelchair. But the intervening years? Anyone know.

      Thanks,
      John Olsen
    • Linda E. Milano
      No, Bamie (Anna Roosevelt Cowles) did not spend her entire life in a brace. She suffered from Potts Disiease (a form of tuberculosis which softens and destroys
      Message 2 of 2 , Jul 18 5:10 PM
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        No, Bamie (Anna Roosevelt Cowles) did not spend her entire life in a brace.  She suffered from Potts Disiease (a form of tuberculosis which softens and destroys the bones and which, when localized in the spine, causes hunchback).  Read Mornings on Horseback by David McCullough for more details.  She was confined to a wheelchair due to arthritis later in life.

         

        Best,

        Linda Milano

         

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        According to Betty Boyd Caroli in The Roosevelt Women and Lillian Rixey's bio called Bamie, Anna Roosevelt Cowles always claimed she was dropped by a nurse in the bathtub. But did the spinal injury result in severe scoliosis? Did she wear a brace throughout her life and not just in childhood? I have read that later in life she was restricted to a wheelchair. But the intervening years? Anyone know.

        Thanks,
        John Olsen

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