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October 7, 1992

The Injuries to JFK

Author Affiliations

Memphis, Tenn

JAMA. 1992;268(13):1681. doi:10.1001/jama.1992.03490130069017

To the Editor.  —The article featuring Drs Humes' and Boswell's1,2 explanation of the events surrounding the autopsy of John F. Kennedy was certainly timely and should clear up many misconceptions.After reading urologist Dr John Lattimer's3 explanation of JFK's wounds in a medical journal some years ago, I never seriously doubted that the former president was struck from above and behind by two bullets. However, the Warren Commission stated that the first bullet that traversed President Kennedy's neck also caused all the wounds in former Texas Governor John Connally. If the Zapruder film is to be believed, this bullet, after exiting President Kennedy's neck, would have had to make sequential sharp right and then left turns and literally to hover in midair between its victims for about 1½ seconds, since the film first shows Kennedy in distress apparently reaching for his throat while Connally sits unperturbed raising his