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August 2, 1965

Autopsy on Abraham Lincoln: Retrieval of a Lost Report

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Urology, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University, New York.

JAMA. 1965;193(5):349-350. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090050025007

In recent weeks the press has carried accounts of the discovery, in the files of the New York State Historical Association at Cooperstown, NY, of a further handwritten description of the findings at the autopsy done on Abraham Lincoln. In these notes, Dr. Stone again makes a firm statement that the bullet ended up in the left anterior portion of the brain, above the left eye, instead of above the right eye as stated by two other persons present at the autopsy. It should be noted that the prosector, Dr. E.J.J. Woodward, also stated that the bullet ended up above the left eye.1

This new report by Dr. Robert King Stone, family physician of President Lincoln, is also accompanied by a small diagram. The newspaper accounts led me to hope that this diagram might show the track of the bullet through the brain. Unfortunately, the diagram appears to me