Source: New York Times
Source type: newspaper
Document type: article
Document title: “Recovery Not Barred”
City of publication: New York, New York
Date of publication: 8 September 1901
Volume number: 50
Issue number: 16121
|“Recovery Not Barred.” New York Times 8 Sept. 1901 v50n16121: part 1, p. 2.|
|Charles McBurney; William McKinley (recovery: speculation).|
|Charles McBurney; William McKinley.|
Recovery Not Barred
Dr. McBurney, Eminent Surgeon, Has Seen Worse Injuries Cured.
STOCKBRIDGE, Mass., Sept. 7.—President McKinley’s
wounds should heal rapidly, if inflammation does not set in, says Dr. Charles
McBurney, the eminent New York surgeon, who is staying here. Dr. McBurney says
that he has known many cases, each more serious than that of the President appears
to be, that have recovered.
If the bullet penetrated the abdominal wall, the injury was a grave one, is the surgeon’s opinion; if the bullet penetrated both walls, the case is still graver, and if the intestines were injured, recovery is even more doubtful. Injury to the liver would make the chances of recovery still less.
The doctor says he has known many cases to recover where the walls and intestines were injured, but from the reports he has read of the President’s injuries, he does not consider them extremely serious. Had the wounds extended to the intestines, the surgeons would have taken a much longer time in performing the operation. Dr. McBurney says he can tell nothing from the pulse, temperature, and respiration announced this forenoon, as all three might have been affected by the drugs used in the performance of the operation.