Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Source type: newspaper
Document type: article
Document title: “Czolgosz’s Brain Normal”
City of publication: St. Louis, Missouri
Date of publication: 29 October 1901
Volume number: 54
Issue number: 69
|“Czolgosz’s Brain Normal.” St. Louis Post-Dispatch 29 Oct. 1901 v54n69: p. 2.|
|Leon Czolgosz (autopsy); Leon Czolgosz (mental health); Leon Czolgosz (medical condition).|
|Leon Czolgosz; John Gerin [misspelled once below]; Carlos F. MacDonald [first name wrong once below]; Edward A. Spitzka [misspelled once below].|
Czolgosz’s Brain Normal
The Autopsy Revealed a Perfectly Healthy State of All the Organs.
AUBURN, N. Y., Oct. 29.—The physicians
holding the autopsy have decided, after a critical examination, that Czolgosz’s
brain was normal, if not above normal.
Naturally, almost the entire attention of the physicians assigned to hold the autopsy was directed toward discovering, if possible, whether the assassin was in any way mentally irresponsible. The autopsy was conducted by Drs. Charles F. MacDonald, E. A. Spitza and Prison Physician Gerin. The top of the head was sawed off through the thickest part of the skull, which was found to be of normal thickness and it was the unanimous opinion after a microscopical examination that the brain was slightly above normal. This demonstrated to the entire satisfaction of the physicians that in no way was Czolgosz’s mental condition, except as it might have been perverted, responsible for the crime.
The autopsy was completed shortly before noon, when the surgeons issued the following brief statement:
“The autopsy was made by Mr. Edward A. Spitzka of New York, under the immediate supervision and direction of Dr. Carlos F. MacDonald of New York and Dr. John Guerin, prison physician. The autopsy occupied over three hours, and embraced a careful examination of all the bodily organs, including the brain. The examination revealed a perfectly healthy sate of all the organs, including the brain.
“All of the physicians who attended the execution were present at the autopsy and all concurred in the findings of the examiners.
“JOHN GERIN, M. D.;
“CARLOS F. MACDONALD, M. D.;
“E. A. SPITZKA.”
A lengthy technical statement is being prepared and will be issued later in the day.