Source: Canadian Journal of Medicine and Surgery
Source type: journal
Document type: editorial
Document title: “President McKinley’s Death”
Author(s): Cassidy, J. J.
Date of publication: October 1901
Volume number: 10
Issue number: 4
|Cassidy, J. J. “President McKinley’s Death.” Canadian Journal of Medicine and Surgery Oct. 1901 v10n4: pp. 300-01.|
|McKinley assassination (international response); William McKinley (surgery); William McKinley (medical care: international response).|
|Leon Czolgosz; William McKinley.|
President McKinley’s Death
Turning aside from the un[l]ovely aspect of a human being  devoted to diabolism, the true men of every land might feel a deep sense of satisfaction in the surgical procedure, which so promptly ensued in the Emergency Hospital of the Pan-American Exhibition. The distinguished victim of anarchistic inhumanity was, almost immediately after the attempt, made the beneficiary of an art which aims at undoing the worst that murderous violence can do. Wounded severely by a malicious creature in the form of a man, one who probably had not enough intelligence to understand the mechanism of the weapon he used, President McKinley had the highest resources of surgical skill placed at his service to restore the lacerated tissues into a semblance of their natural continuity, and to prevent, as far as could be, the direful consequences of traumatism and bacterial invasion.
Floreat Medicina! May she ever be, as she is and has been, the truest friend and sweetest solace of outraged, injured, suffering humanity!
Although well planned and skilfully [sic] performed, the operation done to save the President’s life, unfortunately, proved unavailing. President McKinley expired on the morning of the 14th ult., his death, as revealed at the autopsy, being due to traumatic gangrene. Owing to advancing age and weakness, the wounded tissues of the body failed to respond with the reparative effort required of them—an effort which might have proved too great even for the powers of a younger and stronger man.