Criticism of the Late President’s Physicians
We regret to see a tendency in certain
quarters to criticise the medical treatment of our late President.
Such criticism is as much out of place
as it is uncalled for and is a product of the most brazen effrontery,
showing either motives of a vindictive and unworthy order, or else
giving evidence of a colossal conceit so pronounced that it closely
resembles absolute ignorance.
Fortunately the bumptiousness of these
self appointed [sic] critics is so apparent that their flippancy
injures only themselves. 
It is refreshing to turn from such
sickly criticism to the wholesome account of the medical aspect
given by a lay author in the November number of Pearson’s Magazine.
The matter is so well and concisely put that we take the liberty
of making the following quotations: “Within thirty minutes after
the attack upon the President two specialists in operations of this
kind were at hand, and another was on his way as fast as a special
train could carry him. To these surgeons the President’s wounds
conveyed a single imperative demand: ‘Instant action.’ No governmental
red tape now; no halting for consultation or the voice of vested
authority; but coats off, and to work to save the most valued life
in the country! The President was ready as he had been ready at
every emergency in his career. ‘Do whatever you think necessary,
gentlemen,’ he said. That was his calm assent to an operation from
which he knew that he might not emerge.
The rapidity with which the operation
was performed stands as a record of quick work in surgery. If prompt
action could have saved him, the President would be alive still.
Science did its utmost, but without the co-operation of Nature it
was helpless. * * * The case
of President McKinley was remarkable in its medical aspects. The
rapid apparent improvement of the patient and his evidence of swiftly
returning strength seemingly misled the physicians themselves into
believing that he was on the way to recovery.
The actual conditions revealed by
the death of the President proved that the symptoms that had caused
the previous encouragement were altogether deceptive. There had
been no slightest effort on the part of the bodily faculties to
repair the damage that had been done. How it happened that Mr. McKinley
seemed to be gaining so rapidly when really he was moving swiftly
nearer and nearer to the grave the physicians themselves have not