[John F. Kennedy]. Malcolm Perry Typed Signed Statement.Click the image to load the highest resolution version.
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Description[John F. Kennedy]. Malcolm Perry Typed Signed Statement. Two pages, 8.5" x 11", no place; no date. Dr. Malcolm Perry's signed recollections of his personal attempt to save President Kennedy's life after he arrived at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Texas after he was mortally wounded on November 22, 1963. The statement reads in part:
"I testified before the Warren Commission about my findings as best I could and 19 years has not improved my recall. The basic problem centers on the fact that when I saw the President he was in agonal respiration and it was necessary to immediately perform certain procedures if we were going to successfully resuscitate him. There was no time to stand examining wounds, or all would be lost. Therefore I proceeded immediately with a tracheotomy and insertion of chest tubes in an attempt to save his life and by the time that was over I really wasn't particularly interested in examining and determining exactly where the wounds were. Later, I found that was a mistake on my part since I could have solved all the questions by that maneuver, and in fact we did do that when we operated on Mr. Oswald and thus we had it tied up very carefully. I initially thought that the neck wound was an entrance wound only because it was small as entrance wounds tend to be, but this is not invariably the case. Full-jacketed bullets and small missiles may produce small wounds on exiting, especially if their velocity has decreased appreciably and since I did not know initially about the posterior wound in the neck I assumed that this might be an entrance wound, and that of course was an error . . . It's also of interest to me that there are a number of people now claiming to know a great deal about our attempts to resuscitate Mr. Kennedy, and yet to my knowledge they weren't there during the procedure . . . All in all I have serious doubts about the accuracy and the importance of those things which are currently being written, since many of them in my opinion are based on flimsy evidence, nonexistent data and hearsay."
Condition: Light toning along top edges.
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