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Source: Congregationalist and Christian World
Source type: magazine
Document type: editorial
Document title: “Science Fights Death”
Author(s): anonymous
Date of publication: 14 September 1901
Volume number: 86
Issue number: 37
Pagination: 379

“Science Fights Death.” Congregationalist and Christian World 14 Sept. 1901 v86n37: p. 379.
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William McKinley (medical care); William McKinley (recovery).
Named persons
George B. Cortelyou; Leon Czolgosz; Matthew D. Mann; Herman Mynter; Roswell Park.


Science Fights Death

To the coolness and courage of the President, the swift decision and assumption of responsibility by his private secretary, Mr. Cortelyou, and the prompt service and expert professional skill of Drs. Mann, Mynter and Park of Buffalo the preservation of the President’s life will be due, if his life be spared. Within less than an hour after the shooting he had been operated upon in the hospital on the exposition grounds and taken to the residence of the president of the exposition, where, near his wife, with the finest service that science can render, he has since been receiving constant attention. Surgical investigation revealed that one of the two shots fired at close range by Czolgosz hit the breast bone, glanced off and did no serious harm. The other shot penetrated and traversed the stomach and lodged in the muscles of the back, fortunately not touching any of the other vital organs or the intestines. Through Saturday, Sunday and Monday the civilized world watched with extreme solicitude the official bulletins issued from the sickroom—bulletins that were frank and reassuring, and which were corroborated in their tenor justifying hope by private assurances coming from men high in office and near the Administration, whose advices from the invalid’s physicians were immediate. As we go to press Tuesday the outlook is bright for a speedy recovery. No symptoms of blood poisoning have appeared. The patient is clear in mind and buoyant in hope, tractable under the surgeons’s orders, and is demonstrating by his vitality and serenity the value of a past life of temperance and faith in God and man. Those near him are confident that he will recover, and throughout Christendom there is reaction from the depression and fear which came immediately after the tragedy.



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