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October 7, 1992

The Injuries to JFK

Author Affiliations

Idyllwild, Calif

JAMA. 1992;268(13):1682. doi:10.1001/jama.1992.03490130069019

To the Editor.  —Your recent JFK autopsy report1,2 quotes Dr Humes as saying, "In 1963, we proved at the autopsy table that President Kennedy was struck from above and behind by the fatal shot...."That is not what Humes told the House Select Committee on Assassinations in 1979.3 When asked if the essential findings were two gunshot wounds from above and behind, he said, "I think behind is probably the most one can say from the anatomic findings."Has Humes made new anatomic discoveries on JFK since 1979 that now permit him to assert that the shots were clearly from above? If so, will he share those findings with JAMA? If he was unsure of the superior location of the gunman, how could he be sure, from the anatomic data, that Oswald was on the sixth floor? Or did he conclude this from data outside the autopsy? If