President Johnson was taken by ambulance early Saturday (23 January) to the Naval Hospital at Bethesda, Maryland, just outside Washington, for treatment of what was termed a respiratory infection.
presidential news secretary george reedy giving background information on johnson's illness.
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Background: President Johnson was taken by ambulance early Saturday (23 January) to the Naval Hospital at Bethesda, Maryland, just outside Washington, for treatment of what was termed a respiratory infection.
Doctors and associates of the President are stressing that his illness is an ordinary respiratory infection of the kind prevalent this time of year, and that there is no cause for alarm. The President's physician, Rear Admiral George Burkley, described the illness as "a common cold with tracheal and bronchial irritation". Burkley recommended hospitalization because complete rest seemed the best way to combat the cold.
A New York ear, nose and throat specialist, Dr. Wilbur James Gould, flew to Washington to examine Johnson. The President had complained of a cough and chest pains. Press Secretary Reedy said an electrocardiogram showed that Johnson's heart is functioning normally. Johnson had a severe heart attack in 1955. Reedy said treatment for the respiratory infection included administration of various drugs, including an antibiotic; the use of a vaporizer, and complete rest. Reedy said Johnson put in a restless night. The president's temperature reached 101, but fell to 100.4 early in the morning.
Vice President Hubert, Humphrey, meanwhile, left as scheduled for a trip to his home state, Minnesota, where he will be the grand marshal in a winter carnival parade. Humphrey said his information was that there was no need for alarm about Johnson's illness, and that the President insisted that work go on.