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To the Editor:—
After reading the "Official Autopsy Report on President Kennedy" (FROM OTHER PAGES, JAMA190, Oct 26, 1964, adv p 98) I wonder if this represents the complete autopsy protocol? It seems to be the complete report submitted, but it certainly would appear to be a grossly incomplete record. The forensic pathologist prides himself on his thoroughness in the positive findings, in the pertinent negative findings, and in the recording of other normal and abnormal findings that may be totally unrelated to the cause and mode of death. For instance, this "complete" record with its supplementary report fails to mention what the gross findings were with regard to such obvious and easily identifiable organs as the liver, spleen, kidneys, pancreas, thyroid, and adrenals. Some of these organs must have been found for they are mentioned under the section heading, "Microscopic Examination." Others apparently were not found, for no
Failing RM. Official Autopsy Report on President Kennedy. JAMA. 1965;191(7):602. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080070086022