Source: Transactions of the Southern Surgical and Gynecological Association
Source type: book
Document type: article
Document title: “Discussion of the Papers of Drs. Guerry, Ransohoff, and Coffey”
Editor(s): Haggard, W. D.
Volume number: 22
Publisher: Southern Surgical and Gynecological Association
Place of publication: none given
Year of publication: 1910
Pagination: 146-60 (excerpt below includes only pages 150-51)
|“Discussion of the Papers of Drs. Guerry, Ransohoff, and Coffey.” Transactions of the Southern Surgical and Gynecological Association. Ed. W. D. Haggard. Vol. 22. [n.p.]: Southern Surgical and Gynecological Association, 1910: pp. 146-60.|
|excerpt of article|
|Roswell Park (public statements); William McKinley (death, cause of).|
|Joseph C. Bloodgood; William McKinley; Roswell Park; Herbert U. Williams.|
The comments by Dr. Park (below) occurred on 14 December 1909.
From title page: Twenty-Second Session, Held at Hot Springs, Va., December 14, 15 and 16, 1909.
From title page: Edited by W. D. Haggard, M.D.
Discussion of the Papers of Drs. Guerry, Ransohoff, and Coffey [excerpt]
The remarks of Dr. Bloodgood have prompted me to say this, that at the autopsy on President McKinley there were certain revelations which we had not been led to expect. There was a tremendous amount of interest taken in his case, as you all remember, and after the conclusion of the autopsy I and others were besieged by newspaper reporters for all the information we could give them, and all the explanations which we could furnish. In some respects the findings were unexpected. It was at a time when we did not know much about the surgery of the pancreas, or diseased condition of that organ, or the relation of one to the other. In seeking an explanation for the peculiar necrosis which we found in this  case, it was my suggestion, based on the very meagre amount of information which we all of us possessed at that time, that in all probability the wound of the pancreas in his case had to do with the subsequent course of events. I really believe now it had much to do with it, although it had not been discussed at the autopsy. The suggestion was taken up later, and made the basis of a large amount of experimentation by our own pathologist in Buffalo, Professor Herbert Williams, and many others, and that unfortunate instance, I think, attracted surgical attention to this matter in a way nothing else perhaps would have done had it not occurred. That is a little bit of history which it is not too early now to put on record.