Source: Cleveland Press
Source type: newspaper
Document type: article
Document title: “Used X-Rays on M’Kinley’s Double”
City of publication: Cleveland, Ohio
Date of publication: 11 September 1901
Volume number: none
Issue number: 7246
|“Used X-Rays on M’Kinley’s Double.” Cleveland Press 11 Sept. 1901 n7246: p. .|
|William McKinley (medical care: use of X-rays).|
|Vertner Kenerson [misspelled once below]; H. A. Knoll; William McKinley; Roswell Park.|
Used X-Rays on M’Kinley’s Double
A “DRESS REHEARSAL” HELD BY SURGEONS AND
EXPERTS—MACHINE WORKED PERFECTLY.
Buffalo, Sept. 11.—(Spl.)—Every
precaution and preparation that the ingenuity of man can conceive is being taken
in the case of President McKinley. An example of this is the “dress rehearsal”
that was held with the X-ray apparatus, last evening. Dr. Knoll, of the New
York City hospital, the X-ray expert, wished to test his machine on a man of
exactly the president’s size and build. In case any inflammation should set
in it would be necessary to remove the bullet at once, and the X-ray will be
relied upon to locate it.
To find a man of the exact size of the president was no easy matter. He must not only be of the same height and weight, but he must positively be of the same degree of corpulency. The girth of his waist must be 56 inches. A dozen men men were measured before the right one was found. He was Dr. Vertner Kenderson, a Buffalo physician. He was found to tally exactly with all the president’s measurements and he gladly submitted himself to the doctors’ experiments. He was taken to a room in the Milburn house, just below and across the hall from that in which the president lay.
Dr. Knoll and Dr. Roswell Park, of Buffalo, were the only physicians present. The only other men in the room, besides Dr. Kenerson, were the two Edison operators.
Dr. Kenerson was laid on his side, in the same position in which the president would be obliged to lie for the examination.
The heart, liver and lungs were first seen perfectly. Then, moving the apparatus down, the kidneys and lumbar vertebrae were examined. It is in this locality in the president that the bullet lies. The test finished Dr. Knoll declared it satisfactory in every way, even beyond expectation. Dr. Park acquiesced.