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Source: Physician and Surgeon
Source type: journal
Document type: article
Document title: The Postmortem on the Late President
Author(s): anonymous
Date of publication: September 1901
Volume number: 23
Issue number: 9
Pagination: 427

The Postmortem on the Late President. Physician and Surgeon Sept. 1901 v23n9: p. 427.
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William McKinley (autopsy).
Named persons
Hermanus L. Baer; Charles Cary; Harvey R. Gaylord [middle initial wrong below]; Edward G. Janeway [middle initial wrong below]; William W. Johnston [misspelled below]; W. P. Kendall; Matthew D. Mann; Herman G. Matzinger; Charles McBurney; William McKinley; Edward L. Munson; Herman Mynter; Roswell Park; Thomas Penney; Presley M. Rixey; Charles G. Stockton [middle initial wrong below]; Eugene Wasdin.


The Postmortem on the Late President

     THE official report of the autopsy on the body of President McKinley is given below. Doctor Harvey D. Gaylord, pathologist of the New York State Laboratory, assisted by Doctor Herman G. Matzinger, of the same institute, performed the examination in the presence of the physicians and surgeons who attended the distinguished patient. There were present besides the physicians whose names are appended to the report, District Attorney Penney, of Buffalo, and Doctor Charles McBurney, of New York, who was obliged to leave for home before the completion of the autopsy:
     The bullet which struck over the breastbone did not pass through the skin and did little harm. The other bullet passed through both walls of the stomach near its lower border. Both holes were found to be perfectly closed by the stitches, but the tissue around each hole had become gangrenous. After passing the stomach, the bullet passed into the back walls of the abdomen, hitting and tearing the upper end of the kidney. This portion of the bullet track was also gangrenous, the gangrene involving the pancreas. The bullet has not yet been found. There was no sign of peritonitis or disease of other organs. The heart walls were very thin. There was no evidence of any attempt to repair by nature, and death resulted from the gangrene, which affected the stomach around the bullet wounds, as well as the tissues around the further course of the bullet. Death was unavoidable by any surgical or medical treatment, and was the direct result of the bullet wound.

                                                                             HARVEY D. GAYLORD, M. D.,
                                                                             HERMAN G. MATZINGER, M. D.,
                                                                             P. M. RIXEY, M. D.,
                                                                             MATTHEW D. MANN, M. D.,
                                                                             HERMAN MYNTER, M. D.,
                                                                             ROSWELL PARK, M. D.,
                                                                             EUGENE WASDIN, M. D.,
                                                                             CHARLES M. STOCKTON, M. D.,
                                                                             EDWARD D. JANEWAY, M. D.,
                                                                             W. W. JOHNSON, M. D.,
                                                                             W. P. KENDALL, Surgeon, U. S. Army,
                                                                             CHARLES CARY, M. D.,
                                                                             E. L. MUNSON, Assistant Surgeon, U. S. A.
                                                                             HERMANUS L. BAER, M. D.



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