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During her October 2015 testimony before the House of Representatives Select Committee on the 2012 Benghazi attack, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was convulsed by spasmodic coughing. Although she recovered to complete her testimony, videos of the event were widely viewed both on television and on social media.

Since Mrs. Clinton commenced her public campaign for the presidency in January, 2016, her speeches and interviews have been interrupted by spasmodic coughing at least seven times. These are just the instances when her coughing was captured by a camera. Undoubtedly, the sum of her coughing episodes, both private and public, during the past five months is greater in number.

The implications of Ms. Clinton’s chronic cough are unknown. Is the cough merely a symptom of a mild medical issue, such as a seasonal allergy or a reaction to the constant talking, even shouting, by a campaigning politician? Or is it a sign of a severe and undisclosed health issue? Both Bill and Hillary Clinton over almost three decades have never been champions of transparency. Hence there is well-deserved wide speculation over the nature, cause, and political consequences of Hillary’s coughing. Innuendo is rampant.

This post will be the first of several to analyze this medical issue, which currently confronts former First Lady Hillary Clinton. Subsequent entries will document the recent episodes of coughing; the history and character of these spasms as clues to establishing a diagnosis; and the analyses of prominent physicians as to their nature.


Lud Historian
  • Lew Berman
    Posted at 19:14h, 13 May Reply

    Excellent subject. I look forward to future chapters

  • Lew Berman
    Posted at 19:15h, 13 May Reply

    Excellent subject. I anxiously await future chapters

  • Lud Historian
    Posted at 19:41h, 14 May Reply

    The forthcoming chapter will document Mrs. Clinton’s seven episodes of spasmodic coughing captured by camera since the beginning of January.

  • Stephen Geller
    Posted at 13:18h, 21 May Reply

    Coughing? Perhaps from talking for prolonged periods of time? Did the coughing at the (absurd) Benghazi hearings occur in the morning or at the end of the day (I don’t know the answer but it might be useful to know before coming to conclusions)..
    She certainly does not look as if she has a life-threatening or even serious disease.
    As for transparency Hillary has always battled her tendency to shyness., but she has been in the public eye for a long time, and has been the subject of intense criticism bordering on vitriol. Why haven’t her opponents come up with something more important than Bill’s indiscretions?. Thirty+ years of tax returns in the public domain seems pretty transparent, doesn’t it?
    Will there be an article dealing with psychological issues? Does one of the candidates have the almost-impossible-to-treat, serious, even disabling, disorder of narcissism?

    • Lud Historian
      Posted at 12:10h, 24 May Reply

      Hillary’s coughing during the Benghazi hearing was towards the end of a long day of questioning. However, at least one other episode was at her first event of the morning. Thanks for your comments about my recent book.

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