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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. III - Page 358« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of Dr. Charles James Carrico)

Mr. Specter.
Dr. CARRICO. I attended grade school and high school in Denton, Tex.; received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from North Texas State University in 1947; received my M.D. from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in 1961; served an internship at Parkland Memorial Hospital from 1961 to 1962; and then and a year of fellowship at the surgery department at Southwestern Medical School, followed by my surgery residency at Parkland Hospital.
Mr. Specter.
Are you duly licensed to practice medicine in the State of Texas, Dr. Carrico?
Dr. CARRICO. Yes; I am.
Mr. Specter.
Are you board certified at the present time or are you working toward the board certification in surgery?
Dr. CARRICO. I am engaged in surgery residency which will qualify me for board certification.
Mr. Specter.
What experience have you had, if any, with gunshot wounds?
Dr. CARRICO. In the emergency room at Parkland, during my residence school and internship and residency, we have seen a fair number of gunshot wounds.
Mr. Specter.
Could you approximate the number of gunshot wounds you have treated in the course of those duties?
Dr. CARRICO. In all probably 150, 200, something in that range.
Mr. Specter.
What were your duties at Parkland Memorial Hospital on November 22, 1963?
Dr. CARRICO. At that time I was assigned to the elective surgery service, which is the general surgery service treating the usual surgical cases. I was in the emergency room evaluating some patient for admission.
Mr. Specter.
What were you doing specifically in the neighborhood of 12:30 p.m. on that day?
Dr. CARRICO. At that time I had been called to the emergency room to evaluate a patient for admission to the hospital.
Mr. Specter.
Were you notified that an emergency case involving President Kennedy was en route to the hospital?
Dr. CARRICO. Yes, sir.
Mr. Specter.
What is your best estimate as to the time that you were notified that President Kennedy was en route to the hospital?
Dr. CARRICO. Shortly after 12:30 is the best I can do.
Mr. Specter.
How long thereafter was it that he actually did arrive at Parkland, to the best of your recollection?
Dr. CARRICO. Within 2 minutes approximately.
Mr. Specter.
And precisely where were you at Parkland when you first observed him?
Dr. CARRICO. When I first observed him I was in the emergency room, seeing--actually Governor Connally had been brought in first, as you know, Dr. Dulany and I had gone to care for Governor Connally and when the President was brought in I left Governor Connally and went to care for the President.
Mr. Specter.
Will you describe briefly the physical layout of Parkland with respect to the point where emergency cases are brought up to the building and the general layout of the building into the emergency room.
Dr. CARRICO. The emergency entrance is at the back of the building. There is an ambulance ramp. Then immediately adjacent to the ambulance ramp are, of course, double doors, swinging doors and a corridor which is approximately 30 feet long and empties directly into the emergency room.
Then inside the emergency room are several areas, the surgical area consists of about eight booths for treating, examination and treatment of patients, and four large emergency operating rooms.
Two of these are specifically set aside for acutely ill, severely ill, patients and these are referred to as trauma rooms.
Mr. Specter.
And were these trauma rooms used in connection with the treatment of President Kennedy and Governor Connally?
Dr. CARRICO. Yes, sir.
Mr. Specter.
What precisely was the point where you met at his arrival?
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