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March 24, 1993

JFK's AssassinationConspiracy, Forensic Science, and Common Sense

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Emergency Medicine, Union Memorial Hospital, Baltimore, Md.

JAMA. 1993;269(12):1540-1543. doi:10.1001/jama.1993.03500120078030

The Journal interviews with Humes and Boswell,1 the Dallas physicians,2 and Finck3 cleared up many of the events surrounding the attempted resuscitation and subsequent autopsy of President Kennedy. However, correspondence to The Journal indicates many physicians are still sympathetic to a key proconspiracy tenet regarding the Kennedy assassination: that the autopsy physicians conspired with the military, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Secret Service, and other agencies of government to disguise and suppress medical evidence that would show President Kennedy was publicly executed in Dealey Plaza on November 22,1963, by multiple gunmen.

Unfortunately, many of the arguments raised in the letters supporting such a complex conspiracy went unanswered. These arguments should be addressed in JAMA for several reasons.

See also pp 1507, 1544 and 1552.

First, for many physicians, the only contact they will have with arguments for and against conspiracy