Section : Politiciens

Richard Nixon and Hyperhidrosis

  • Richard Nixon (1913-1994) served as the President of the United States from 1969 to 1974, when he resigned because of the Watergate scandal.
  • It is interesting to see that most people see him as a tense figure in debates, especially the one he had against Kennedy in 1960 (which he lost): in the video above you see him continual wiping his face and sweating around the mouth.
  • Nevertheless sweating couldn’t be seen in his numerous speeches on the radio.
  • In fact, he suffered from hyperhidrosis which is characterized by profuse sweating. It was interpreted by many as him losing his nerve in terms of body language.
  • In Nixon’s mind, this could have created embarrassment and an impression of being misunderstood by others.

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Dr Christophe HSU – dermatologist. Geneva, Switzerland

Source of image: Youtube