Biden Campaign Releases Some Medical Records for Review
By Perry Bacon Jr.
Democratic vice-presidential nominee Sen. Joe Biden is in "excellent health," according to a physician who reviewed his medical records on behalf of the Barack Obama presidential campaign.
Biden's doctor, John Francis Eisold, attending physician for the United States Capitol, does not speak to reporters, according to Biden aides, but in a letter to Biden that the campaign allowed reporters to review, Eisold described Biden as "recovered fully without continued effects" from a 1988 brain aneurysm.
The information was released in the wake of renewed questions about the extent of the candidates' medical disclosures. In a conference call with reporters today, Dr. Matthew Parker, an internist in Washington who reviewed Biden's health records and talked to Eisold, said "Dr. Eisold, his treating doctor, thinks he's in excellent health."
Biden campaign aides allowed reporters to review several dozen pages of his health records at Perkins Coie, a Washington law firm. In a procedure other presidential and vice-presidential candidates have used, reporters were allowed to take notes but could not photocopy the records or take them outside of a room the firm.
Biden had requested an update on his health from Eisold this summer at the same time he was being considered as a vice-presidential candidate. In his letter, Eisold detailed Biden's health, noting that he has normal blood pressure (120/78) and some allergies for which that he takes regular medication.
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