It would be conspicuous at this time,
not to refer in brief to the tragic death of our martyr president.
The press reports have been clear and full, giving in detail all
that pertains to this national calamity. Suffice it for us then
to comment upon the medical and surgical experience of the men,
who unfortunately were chosen but so skilfully [sic] discharged
their duties in the attempt of saving the President’s life. The
promptness in decision which characterized the surgeons in attendance
immediately following the crime is the strongest evidence of mature
judgment coupled with courage and tact, that could possibly be expected
in such an emergency as this.
There is no question that operations
more delicate or requiring greater surgical skill, than in the one
performed on this illustrious patient, have been undertaken before
and carried to a successful termination, but this case was somewhat
extraordinary. The entire nation was watching with a critical eye,
every move, every step, of the surgeons, and the American people
built its hopes on their technical skill, and the efficacy of modern
surgical methods. And well knowing this and fully realizing the
responsibility of the trying ordeal so suddenly thrust upon them,
the physicians were not baffled but did their duty and did it well,
deserving of approbation and gratitude of the nation. The condition
of the patient at the time of and immeditaely [sic] following
the operation was most promising and apparently the science of surgery
would in this case be able to successfully cope with the emergency.
But the final outcome proved different, not because of the lack
or limitation of knowledge of those in attendance, but because of
pathological complications which no man could anticipate, discover
or prevent. With the facts before us, as far as we know them, we
must agree that the President had the best medical and surgical
services that the world produces and that no stigma of criticism
should be reflected on those heroic men. The medical profession
should sustain their actions and by word and pen denounce their
malicous [sic] critics.
Meanwhile we will in heartfelt sorrow
lament over his  untimely death
and by reverence for his character and admiration for his deeds
cherish the memory of President William McKinley.