Donald Trump’s doctor appears to be just as insane as the Republican presidential candidate after releasing a bizarre medical report. It’s so peculiar that the hospital where Dr. Harold Bornstein works tweeted out a response.
In the letter proclaiming Donald Trump’s extraordinary health, it’s addressed to, “To Whom My Concern” and from that typo, it just goes downhill, so much so that the hospital responded.
Lenox Hill Hospital tweeted, “Dr. Bornstein is speaking on behalf of his patient and his views and opinions are his own.”
Dr. Bornstein is speaking on behalf of his patient and his views and opinions are his own.
— Lenox Hill Hospital (@lenoxhill) December 14, 2015
The letter states, “If elected, Mr. Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.”
In addition, Bornstein describes Trump’s recent physical exam as “show[ing] only positive results.”
We hope ‘positive’ results does not include a test for HIV and/or AIDS.
The Daily Beast asked a spokesman for the American Medical Association about the language in used the letter:
While it’s clear he means to say everything was normal, the word “positive” is an odd use of the term in medicine. Rather, it typically means that some result or finding was present—and those findings aren’t always great news (think testing positive for a disease). The wording is clearly chosen more for rhetorical effect than clear medical communication—and that choice left some experts scratching their heads.
“It’s very odd for a doctor to say, ‘He’s had a complete medical examination that showed only positive results,’” said Jonathan Moreno, a professor of medical ethics at the University of Pennsylvania. “Normally a positive result in the language of medicine is not a good thing. Nonetheless, I will not accuse Dr. Bornstein of not writing his own letter.”While Bornstein went on to describe Trump’s “laboratory test results” as “astonishingly excellent,” he failed to mention which tests were run on the GOP frontrunner.
Bornstein is a gastroenterologist and has been Trump’s doctor since 1980 and yet, the results of Trump’s YUGELY successful physical examination did not mention whether the 69-year-old hotel magnate has had a colonoscopy.
“I think that’s a very reasonable question at this point for a journalist to ask: Has he had a colonoscopy?” Moreno remarked.
While the letter praises Trump as being cancer-free, it fails to mention an important event in the candidate’s past.
The Daily Beast reported:
An interesting omission, however, in a letter that goes out of its way to praise Trump’s “extraordinary” strength and stamina is the status of those bone spurs that were so bad they kept him out of serving in Vietnam. Maybe they got better all on their own, as the report makes clear he’s never had any orthopedic surgeries.
Bornstein’s remark in which he writes, “If elected, Mr. Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency,” sounds more Trumpy than Trump.
“I could understand Donald Trump saying that, because that’s the kind of thing he says—just like he’s the smartest guy and the richest guy and all that,” said Jeffrey Singer, a practicing general surgeon and adjunct scholar at the libertarian Cato Institute.
“But doctors don’t usually make those kind of superlative comments.”