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Source: Toledo Weekly Blade
Source type: newspaper
Document type: article
Document title: “Course of the Bullet”
Author(s): anonymous
City of publication: Toledo, Ohio
Date of publication: 12 September 1901
Volume number: 66
Issue number: 37
Pagination: 4

“Course of the Bullet.” Toledo Weekly Blade 12 Sept. 1901 v66n37: p. 4.
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William McKinley (medical condition: illustrations); William McKinley (medical condition).
Named persons
James A. Garfield; William McKinley.


Course of the Bullet



     A prominent Cincinnati surg[e]on gives the above diagram. Said he: “The wound made by the bullet glancing off the breast bone is trivial. The dang[e]rous wound is the one through the stoma[c]h. The bullet entered a[n] inch and a half to the left of the navel, pa[s]sed through the front and rear walls of the stomach, and then [p]robably imbed[d]ed it[s]el[f] in the heav[y], inch-and-a-half thick muscles along the spinal col[u]mn. [Pe]rhaps th[e] bull[e]t was stopped by the bones of the s[p]inal column. If I remember rightly, the bullet that killed Pr[e]sident G[arfiel]d al[s]o hit the spinal column, [s]plintering the bon[e]s protecting t[h]e vital spinal cord. The re[p]ort says [n]o holes [w]ere found in the intestines in President McKinley’s ca[se]. There are evid[e]ntly intestines along th[e] bullet’s course b[e]tw[e]en its point of entrance and the stoma[c]h, and how th[e] bull[e]t failed t[o] penetrate them is hard to understand. After leaving the rear wall of t[h]e [s]to[m]a[c]h, th[e] bullet may have [p]en[e]trated the kidney.”



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