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An exercise guru helped ease JFK's back pain

Right: President John F. Kennedy endured more than 20 years of back pain and suffered from a debilitating hormonal disease.
Dr. Hans Kraus, photographed shortly before his death, used an ambitious exercise routine to rebuild the president's strength.
By Scott Allen
Globe Staff / April 21, 2006

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When Dr. Hans Kraus began treating President John F. Kennedy's aching back in October 1961, he was appalled by what he discovered: JFK's abdominal muscles were so weak that he could not do a single sit-up. (Full article: 1276 words)

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