“House” TV Adviser Seeks to Test Lincoln’s DNA: From Bloodstained Pillowcase

April 18, 2009

(ChattahBox)—Dr. John Sotos, cardiologist, Lincoln author and medical adviser for the hit television series “House,” wants to test the DNA of Abraham Lincoln, the much revered 16th President of the United States, who was assassinated nearly one hundred and forty-four years ago by John Wilkes Booth at Ford’s Theatre in Washington. Dr. Sotos is convinced that Lincoln was dying of cancer at the time he was fatally shot and would have perished within a year from a rare genetic disorder.

And he wants to prove his theory by testing Lincoln’s ancient blood and brain matter left on a pillowcase while he lay dying, now preserved at a little known Philadelphia museum, named the Grand Army of the Republic Museum and Library.

Dr. Sotos has long been fascinated with the medical speculation surrounding the unusually tall and long-limbed Lincoln. Many medical researchers, once thought Lincoln suffered from Marfan syndrome, a genetic disorder that causes unusually long limbs and long, thin fingers.

Dr Sotos has another theory, detailed in his book, “The Physical Lincoln,” where he pursues photographic clues, in a dogged fashion that would make Hugh Laurie proud, the actor who plays the medical genius, “House.” After researching eyewitness accounts of Lincoln and 130 surviving photographs, Dr. Sotos is convinced Lincoln was suffering from a rare genetic cancer disorder, called multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2B or MEN2B, as well as four family members.

Lincoln’s remains are unavailable, as they were encased in cement and steel after a long-ago attempt to steal and ransom his remains. That leaves the genetic material left on a pillowcase, now in a glass case, mounted on the museum wall. Besides providing a definitive answer to his theory, Dr. Sotos says a DNA confirmation would help researchers understand a rare and serious medical condition.

The museum board members are torn by Dr. Sotos’ request to test Lincoln’s blood left on the pillowcase. They are at once intrigued, yet fearful of damaging their prized Lincoln artifact, which board member, Andy Waskie likened to the Shroud of Turin of Civil War history.

Lincoln’s son, Robert Todd Lincoln requested over one hundred years ago, that his Father’s remains be left in peace and museum board members want to honor his wish.

The museum board is scheduled to vote on Dr. Sotos’ request in May.



One Response to ““House” TV Adviser Seeks to Test Lincoln’s DNA: From Bloodstained Pillowcase”

  1. frank sarna on May 13th, 2009 12:08 pm

    dr. john sotos contact me i am most interested in your idea to test lincolns dna. i have posted a article on the web titled Oswal and Booth by frank sarna i am interested in what you think. i am trying to get it published

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