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September 28, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(13):836. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470390038003

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An editorial on the surgical aspect of President McKinley's case in a leading medical weekly calls for some comment. The preceding issue was generally optimistic, as were all at the time from the apparently favorable aspect of the case during the first few days. The editorial under consideration is distinctly critical, and indeed decidedly unfriendly, in its comments on the conduct of the case and the shortcomings of the autopsy. The medical profession as yet has had no full report of the findings, none that in our opinion authorizes us in indulging in unfriendly criticism or in extensive premature generalizations, but this is evidently not the view held in the editorial in question. It admits that while the operation on the President was faultless in its technique and brilliant as far as it went, it was necessarily an incomplete one, but it goes on to say that the surgical judgment

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