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What types of sickness did Thomas Jefferson have as a child?

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02/26/2007

Thomas Jefferson had no known diseases as a small child, but at the age of 19 he suffered from "cluster headaches" (which of course was not known as such back then) every 7 - 8 years and generally brought on by stress. Violent headache for two days after behaving awkwardly in front of a girl he fancied (March 1764, age 20); Six week headache after his mother's death on March 31, 1776; Six weeks of headache soon after arriving, unhappy and homesick, as minister to France in 1785; While overburdened as Secretary of State, headaches recurred when he learned that a friend had become ill, but recovered (April 1790); About this time he had a second set of headaches, lasting from sunrise to sunset each day for 6 weeks.