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    What does "as an incapacitating disability in ordinary professionals" mean?

    Does "as an incapacitating disability in ordinary professionals" mean "as an inability of common professionals"?


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    The enigma of Lenin’s (1870–1924) malady

    The health of heads of states is not always handled in the same way as an incapacitating disability in ordinary professionals. Instead of suspension of responsibilities, the health status of political leaders is concealed, especially when the illness is perceived as stigmatizing, such as organic mental impairment or sexual disorder. The objective of the present paper is to analyse the malady of Lenin (1870–1924) in the light of relevant and newmedical information. It is hoped that this will accentuate the need for transparency when the health of a statesman is concerned.

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    Re: What does "as an incapacitating disability in ordinary professionals" mean?

    In this context:
    incapacitating
    = preventing normal functioning.
    disability
    =a physical or mental health condition that limits certain activities.
    ordinary
    = commonplace, unexceptional.
    professionals
    =those who work in a profession (businessmen, academics, politicians etc.)

    not a teacher

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    Re: What does "as an incapacitating disability in ordinary professionals" mean?

    The suggestion is that Lenin had an illness of some kind which should have stopped him from doing his job. If a member of the general working population had such an illness, they would be removed from their position due to their ill-health. However, that did not happen with Lenin. He was not an ordinary professional and so his illness was concealed and he was allowed to continue in a job which he was actually not well enough to do.

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    Re: What does "as an incapacitating disability in ordinary professionals" mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    The suggestion is that Lenin had an illness of some kind which should have stopped him from doing his job. If a member of the general working population had such an illness, they would be removed from their position due to their ill-health. However, that did not happen with Lenin. He was not an ordinary professional and so his illness was concealed and he was allowed to continue in a job which he was actually not well enough to do.
    A situation that is true of many leaders - Ataturk, Brezhnev, Churchill, Hitler, Korean Kims, Mao, Reagan to name but a few possibles.

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    Re: What does "as an incapacitating disability in ordinary professionals" mean?

    Quite honestly, in my opinion, anyone who wants to be the leader of a country must be suffering from some kind of mental illness - egomania, delusions of grandeur ...

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    Re: What does "as an incapacitating disability in ordinary professionals" mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    The suggestion is that Lenin had an illness of some kind which should have stopped him from doing his job. If a member of the general working population had such an illness, they would be removed from their position due to their ill-health. However, that did not happen with Lenin. He was not an ordinary professional and so his illness was concealed and he was allowed to continue in a job which he was actually not well enough to do.
    Excellent!

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    Re: What does "as an incapacitating disability in ordinary professionals" mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    A situation that is true of many leaders - Ataturk, Brezhnev, Churchill, Hitler, Korean Kims, Mao, Reagan to name but a few possibles.
    Can we get articles of analysis on the mental and physical health of Ataturk, Brezhnev, Churchill, Hitler, Korean Kims, Mao, Reagan et al?

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    #8

    Re: What does "as an incapacitating disability in ordinary professionals" mean?

    I'm sure you could Google it. It's not really an English language issue.

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    Re: What does "as an incapacitating disability in ordinary professionals" mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I'm sure you could Google it. It's not really an English language issue.
    Haven't you heard that Chinese government has blocked Google?
    Even if it luckily works here, the search will be as slow as a snail.

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