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January 11, 1965


JAMA. 1965;191(2):131. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080020059021

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By this time everyone who wanted it has had the opportunity to read and digest the Warren Commission's report on the assassination of President Kennedy. To countless others, at least the main points of the study are familiar. No one can dispute the thoroughness of the report and the meticulousness with which the ten-month investigation was conducted. On the other hand, one recommendation perhaps deserves some more study. Less emphasized than the others, it is no less important and, indeed, may become very important in its possibilities for difficulty in accomplishment.

Recommendation No. 9 of the Report of theWarren Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy reads:

The Commission recommends that the President's physician always accompany him during his travels and occupy a position near the President where he can be immediately available in case of any emergency.

In spite of the fact that in the case of President

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