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October 7, 1992

The Injuries to JFK

Author Affiliations

Boston, Mass

JAMA. 1992;268(13):1683. doi:10.1001/jama.1992.03490130069022

To the Editor.  —Drs Humes and Boswell,1 in their interview with JAMA editor Dr George Lundberg, state that it was "perfectly obvious" that President Kennedy was shot from behind. They decry the "supreme ignorance" of the prevailing doubts about the assassination, blaming money-hungry conspiracy "buffs" for indulging in "ridiculous theories."The essence of their statement is that the beveled appearance of the entrance and exit wounds in the President's skull provide an "irrefutable diagnostic fact" that the bullet came from the rear and above. It is curious that so much controversy would remain in the face of such an easily interpretable fact. If the reality is as they state, it would be a simple act to remove all controversy. Rather than provide supportive material, we are asked to believe them simply because they insist it is true.As I write this letter, I am looking at one of the