Some Brief Notes Concerning the President’s Surgeons
Many of the practitioners in attendance
on the President at Buffalo are well known to our readers. We add
here, however, a brief comment on those who were actually engaged
in the first emergencies. 
Dr. Matthew Mann, who performed the
operation for the most part, is well known to the readers of the
M N. He is fifty-six
years of age and is professor of gynecology at the University of
Buffalo, and gynecologist at the Buffalo General Hospital, has attained
a wide reputation through his standard textbook on gynecology. He
is a park commissioner of the City of Buffalo. He has practised
from thirty to thirty-five years in Buffalo and has a good reputation
as an eminent abdominal surgeon. He was once an instructor at Harvard
Dr. Roswell Park needs no introduction.
He is a surgeon of world-wide fame and author of “Park’s System
of Surgery,” a standard work. He is also an acknowledged expert
in cancer, being vitally interested in the laboratory at Buffalo
from which Gaylord’s recent researches have come. He is about forty-eight
years of age and graduated from the Rush Medical College, of Chicago,
some twenty-five years ago and for a time taught there. Subsequently
he spent much time in European study and upon his return earned
his present reputation as a rapid and clean operator, and is one
of the few ambidextrous surgeons in practice. He is chief surgeon
at the Buffalo General Hospital and professor of surgery at the
University of Buffalo.
Dr. Herman Mynter is an older man,
perhaps fifty-six, a Dane by birth and is well known in two continents
as an expert abdominal surgeon. Mynter has given the profession
an excellent work on appendicitis. Recently he went to Denmark and
lectured on his chosen subject before the Danish Medical Congress
at Copenhagen. He was formerly surgeon at the Sisters’ Hospital
and now operates at the German Deaconess Home at the new German
Dr. John Parmenter is esteemed as
one of the best and most careful of the younger surgeons in the
western part of New York State. He is under forty years old and
is professor of anatomy at the University of Buffalo.
Dr. Eugene Wasdin, surgeon of the
Marine Hospital, Department of the United States, stationed here,
will be remembered as one of the experts detailed to investigate
yellow fever in Cuba during the recent war. He is about forty years
of age and has been a constant contributor to the M
N on hygiene and bacteriological topics.
Dr. T. W. Lee, of St. Louis, who assisted
in the operation, is medical director of the Omaha Exposition and
is a well known western surgeon.
Dr. Charles G. Stockton, of Buffalo,
was called into consultation because of his store of medical knowledge.
He is one of the leading medical practitioners of Buffalo.
Dr. N. W. Wilson, who was in charge
of the Emergency Hospital at the time and who was in charge of the
President until the surgeons arrived, won a reputation early in
his career. He is and has been for three years post surgeon at Fort
Porter, is connected with the staff of the Sisters’ Hospital and
is the sanitary officer of the Pan-American Exposition.
Dr. Presley M. Rixey, the physician
to the McKinley family, who is with the President in Buffalo, is
a medical inspector in the United States Navy. He is a Virginian,
born in Culpeper in that State, and a brother of John Franklin Rixey,
the Representative in Congress from the Eighth Virginia district.
Dr. Rixey was appointed an assistant surgeon in the regular navy
January 28, 1874. His first cruise was in the “Congress,” attached
to the Eastern station, and when his service on her was completed,
in 1876, he was assigned to the Marine Hospital at Philadelphia,
remaining there until the following year. His next service was at
the Norfolk Navy Yard, and then in 1878 he was assigned to special
service. Surgeon-General Bates, of the Navy, who had been Mrs. McKinley’s
physician in Washington when the President was in Congress and who
had resumed that duty when the McKinleys moved into the White House,
died in October, 1897. Gen. Leonard Wood, then an assistant surgeon
in the army on duty in Washington, succeeded him as the White House
physician, and when Gen. Wood went away from Washington as Colonel
of the Rough Riders early in 1898, the President chose Dr. Rixey,
and for three years he has been constantly in attendance on the
President and his wife.