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Dukakis’ Health ‘Excellent’ Except for Pain in Back

Associated Press

Democratic nominee Michael S. Dukakis is in excellent health except for an occasional backache, his doctor said today.

A medical statement by Dr. Gerald Plotkin said campaign travel made Dukakis’ back pain worsen.

Dukakis had a routine medical checkup Sept. 10 at the Harvard Community Health Plan’s Wellesley Center and “was found to be in excellent health.”

“Over the last eight to 10 months he has had intermittent, nagging low back discomfort exacerbated by long periods of sitting in airplanes,” the doctor said. He said Dukakis takes an anti-inflammatory medication to ease the back pain.

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On Aug. 3, the candidate’s longtime doctor issued a detailed, three-page statement that said Dukakis had only received treatment for routine ailments, such as hay fever and muscle sprains, and “has had no psychological symptoms, complaints or treatment.”


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