His Chances Poor
PHYSICIANS ARE ALARMED AT BULLETINS ON PRESIDENT’S
THEY FEAR BLOOD POISONING.
General Sentiment Is That His Condition Is Very Precarious—
Danger for Two or Three Days.
Physicians are divided
in opinion as to the chances for the recovery of President McKinley.
Their opinions of course are based purely upon the descriptions
of the wound, as published in the dispatches from Buffalo. The following
expressions are from physicians who were seen last evening:
Dr. P. S. Byrne—The report of the
condition of the president’s pulse shows great and powerful shock.
The temperature is not so alarming, but I should say his chances
for recovery are desperate.
Dr. G. T. Doolittle—I think the chances
for the president’s recovery are about 50 per cent [sic],
but much depends on the temperature and pulse conditions within
the next 24 hours. If the temperature should go up his chances will
be poor, but if the temperature should go down, I should regard
his chances as good.
Dr. E. D. Olmsted—Speaking offhand
I think the chances for the recovery of the president are very slim.
Of course his previous good health will be much in his favor, otherwise
there would be but one chance in a thousand.
Weakness Is Serious Symptom.
Dr. E. L. Kimball—I
regard his weakness as indicated by his pulse conditions as the
most serious symptom. The operation itself is not one in which the
death rate is high, but the apparent severe shock to the president
makes his chances rather slim.
Dr. T. L. Catterson—I regard the president’s
chances of recovery as being very poor, taking the temperature and
pulse conditions as given by the late dispatches.
Danger of Septic Troubles.
Dr. C. E. Grove—The
chest wound is not at all serious, and there is nothing at all to
fear from that. The ball penetrating the stomach did not necessarily
inflict a fatal wound. Had the ball penetrated the blood vessels
which lie just back of the stomach the result would have been sudden
death. The first danger from the wound is hemorrhage, the second
from the shock. The third danger, and the one which now hangs over
the president, is the possibility of inflammatory and septic troubles.
If the president survives the next three days the chances are that
he will recover. The most surprising thing to me is that there has
been nothing said about the X ray as a means of locating the bullet.
Dr. Semple—The immediate danger of
the president now is from peritonitis and inflammatory troubles.
The result of the ball’s piercing the stomach would necessarily
be that some of the contents of the stomach would escape, and while
every precaution was doubtless taken, yet there is a possibility
that some of the escaping contents was absorbed before it could
be removed. There will be danger from this source for the next two
or three days. There is some cause for alarm from the fact that
the president’s pulse is so high.