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March 6, 1954


JAMA. 1954;154(10):856-857. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02940440054025

THE DEATH OF PRESIDENT LINCOLN  "On the evening of Friday, April 14, I was summoned in haste to the late President of the United States, to whom I had the honor to be family physician. . . . [He] had been carried to the residence of Mr. Peterson, who resided on Tenth Street, opposite the scene of the deplored slaughter. . . . I found my friend, Assistant Surgeon Taft [and others] supporting the sufferer's head. . . ."The case was surrendered to my care and I proceeded to the exploration of the wound. The President . . . lay, perfectly passive on his back as if quietly asleep, without any distortion of feature—though at times his respiration was somewhat stertorous. Examination showed that he had received a gun shot wound on the posterior aspect of the head—not far from the median line and about three inches from the left auditory meatus. . . . [His] left eye was blackened—the . . . orbital surface was ecchymosed. . . . The pupil of the right eye was very much dilated and immobile. The left pupil was unchanged, or if anything was myotic or diminished.

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