By Prof William Lasser
A key determine within the administrations of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman, Benjamin V. Cohen (1894-1983) was once made an enormous architect of public coverage from the 1st days of FDR's presidency during the early days of the chilly conflict. even supposing he stored a low public profile, Cohen's impact prolonged throughout a variety of family and international coverage tasks. during this biography, William Lasser bargains an account of Ben Cohen's lifestyles and profession, and an evaluation of his contribution to the beginning and improvement of contemporary American liberalism. the quantity strains Cohen's contributions to household monetary coverage, his actions in the course of the conflict years in London and Washington, his provider as counsellor to the kingdom division and member of the yank delegation to the United countries after the warfare, and his position within the American Zionist circulation.
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Thus even if Cohen did receive hormone replacement therapy, it is likely that his thyroid levels ﬂuctuated and that he suﬀered, at times at least, from hypothyroidism. Besides causing physical symptoms, high or low thyroid hormone levels can also aﬀect behavior and can even be associated with moderate or severe mood disorders. Hyperthyroidism leads to anxiety, nervousness, restlessness, and irritability; suﬀerers may need less sleep, have extraordinary amounts of energy, have diﬃculty controlling their emotions, and even display symptoms of mania.
27 While Cohen hesitated, world events made his next career move clear; within weeks, the United States declared war against Germany. Cohen’s ﬁrst inclination, like that of millions of his fellow countrymen, was to enlist. Though his poor eyesight disqualiﬁed him from general military service, he was able to qualify for ‘‘special or limited military service’’ as an attorney, until a 1918 examination for appointment to the Army’s Central Oﬃcers Training School found further problems: a ‘‘slight ﬁne involuntary tremor,’’ protruding eyes (proptosis), and a 6581 Lasser / BENJAMIN V.
In June 1918, Julian Mack was elected to the presidency of the Zionist Organization of America; a few months later, he became the president of the ﬁrst 6581 Lasser / BENJAMIN V. 2 15:40 24 Origins American Jewish Congress. When the congress decided to send a delegation of American Jews to the Paris Peace Conference to work toward the creation of a Jewish state in Palestine, Mack, along with Louis Marshall of the American Jewish Committee, was selected to lead it. When the judge left for Paris in March 1919, Cohen went with him.