The health of Boston Mayor Thomas Menino has been a bit of a mystery for the past five weeks. City Hall has been sparse with details while he has been recovering from a list of ailments, causing many to question his ability to run the city of Boston while he has been sick.

There is a history of elected officials who have had to manage a health crisis while maintaining a public persona. Boston Public Radio looks at what we can learn from past politicians with medical ethicist Art Caplan and political strategist Michael Goldman. Caplan spoke with Boston Public Radio about the ethical line that elected officials and doctors have to walk in these situations, and Goldman examined how the situation is playing out from a public relations perspective.