FDR used cocaine before his Infamy speech?

Right now you are thinking I must be kidding. Actually I’m not.

There is a good chance that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was given cocaine before his famous “Day of Infamy Speech“.

On December 7th and 8th, FDR was suffering from a sinus infection. His doctor and friend, Ross T. McIntire was with him to treat the problem.

Dr. McIntire’s intent was to improve his patient’s ability to breathe by decreasing the swelling of nasal mucosa. He wanted to decrease swelling without causing crusting.

It is not known exactly the procedure that McIntire used to decrease swelling in FDR’s nose. He had been seen using cotton swabs. It is likely that he also irrigated the sinuses by putting a needle up the nose into the sinuses. Then saline would be injected into the sinus cavity.

At the time, it was common for doctors to use cocaine in these treatments. Cocaine was illegal in the United States, but it was legal in medicine. Cocaine would shrink the tissue, giving the patient quick relief. It also numbed the area making the insertion of the needle less painful.

Again, we do not know if Dr. McIntire used cocaine when treating FDR’s Sinus infection that was troubling him during his “Day of Infamy Speech”.

If he had used cocaine, it would have been highly diluted. Most likely, not having a noticeable affect or measurable impact on the President.  Furthermore, he it is believed that FDR used cocaine he would not have been told.

There are two reasons why President Roosevelt would not be told of the treatments. First, it was common to not tell patients who were administered cocaine. It was believed that by not telling them they would be less likely to become addicted.

Second, it was a political topic and Dr. McIntire would not have wanted to put that controversial political exposure on the president.

We may never know if FDR used cocaine. But we do know that it was a great speech.
Maybe FDR used Cocaine

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