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October 7, 1992

Closing the Case in JAMA on the John F. Kennedy Autopsy

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From the Scientific Publications Group, American Medical Association, Chicago, Ill.

JAMA. 1992;268(13):1736-1738. doi:10.1001/jama.1992.03490130124042

On May 27, 1992, JAMA published detailed and objective recollections of J. T. Boswell, MD, and James J. Humes, MD, the principal pathologists who performed the autopsy on President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, and several Dallas physicians who cared for the President.1,2 This report by Dennis L. Breo, which generally supported the findings of the Warren Commission, received worldwide media coverage and drew an enormous response.

See also pp 1681 and 1748.

I am pleased that a great deal of the reaction strongly supported the pathologists' findings and the JAMA report, which has withstood an onslaught of criticism from numerous conspiracy theorists.

Three legitimate questions remain:

  1. Why did the third autopsy pathologist (and wound ballistics expert) Pierre Finck, MD, not participate in the interview, and what would have been his response?

  2. Was there really a 29-year silence on the part of these physicians that was first broken by JAMA in

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