Awaiting a Full Report
LOCAL PHYSICIANS DIVIDED ON THE QUESTION WHETHER
BULLET WAS OR WAS NOT POISONED.
The medical world is
eagerly awaiting a complete report of the last illness of President
McKinley which Dr. Mann and other surgeons who attended the President
have promised to prepare. The report of the findings of the autopsy
is thought by many physicians to be too concise, and this view they
say is borne out by the apparently conflicting statements made by
some of those connected with the President’s case.
The belief that the bullet was poisoned
appears to be growing daily, though little has yet been revealed
to indicate that it is well founded, according to some physicians.
Certain poisons are used [i]n the manufacture of wire. It has been
suggested that some of these poisons may have been put on the bullet
by Czolgosz, who was a wire worker. Physicians and surgeons of this
city who have been asked for their opinion about the findings of
the autopsy are seemingly about evenly divided as to whether or
not the gangrene was of an ordinary character. When asked for his
opinion regarding the autopsy, Dr. T. Mitchell Prudden said yesterday:
The data at hand do not seem
to justify me in expressing an opinion in regard to the conditions
found at the autopsy. Any doubt as to the condition of affairs
will probably be removed when a final report on the autopsy
There are some things which medical
science cannot do, and the injury here was so serious that the
highest skill which was brought to bear upon the President’s
case did not suffice to save his life.
Dr. Maurice J. Lewi
It is difficult to formulate
a correct opinion about the President’s case until a fuller
report of the autopsy is made. If a poisoned bullet had been
used it would seem as though its effects would have been earlier
noticeable. Assuming that the bullet was not poisoned, the gangrenous
condition of the organs, together with the fact that the incision
made by the surgeon failed to heal by primary union, would indicate
to my mind that at the time of receiving the injury the President’s
general condition might have been below par. His surgeons were
of the very best—men of worldwide repute and acknowledged skill.