Donald Trump took a medical exam yesterday. It likely hasn’t escaped your attention, given the coverage the test and subsequent press conference have received. Dr Ronny Jackson said that Trump is “fit for duty” and in excellent health, despite claims in Fire and Fury that the President expends a lot of time in bed eating Big Macs.
Part of the quiz that has drawn a lot of attention is his cognitive evaluation. Several public figures, including Joe Scarborough and Michael Moore, have gone on record saying Trump is presenting early signs of dementia, so the results were eagerly awaited by these critics. His mental health is the subject of a lot of online speculation too, although he has tweeted to confirm that he is, in fact, “a very stable genius”.
In his cognitive exam, however, he managed to score a perfect 30/30. So what was the test?
The assessment, carried out by his physician, was the Montreal Cognitive Assessment. It is designed to assist medical professionals in seeing cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease, and is a standard part of a full medical carried out on people of Trump’s age.
The 10 -minute test assess short-term memory, attention, concentration, language, and visuospatial abilities, giving medical practitioners an indication of the subject’s cognitive abilities. It isn’t designed to diagnose Alzheimer’s or impaired cognitive function by itself, but it can lead to further investigations being carried out, should the subject get a low score.
Here is the test that Trump would have taken.
In one area of the test, the subject is asked to draw a clock face, indicating a period specified by the physician. The patient draws the clock, and is awarded one point each for 😛 TAGEND Depicting the clock face as a circle( slight imperfections are allowed) Getting the numbers correct and in the correct order Getting the time right, with the hour hand being shorter than the minute hand A topic with early Alzheimer’s disease depicted the clock more or less correctly, but had forgotten that the time requested was 2.30. Mattson M( 2014) Trump must have gotten full marks on this, as he did in all sections. IFLScience Subjects are asked to recreate a cube. Pearson Scott Foresman A mouse. One phase if you guessed “mouse”. Stewart JB, Freyer C, Elson JL, Wredenberg A, Cansu Z, et al