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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. VI - Page 39« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of Robert M. Mcclelland Resumed)

Dr. Mcclelland.
make the usual kind of exit wound like I just described, with a close range high velocity heavy caliber bullet.
This is why it would be difficult to say with certainty as has been implied in some newspaper articles that quoted me, that you could tell for sure that this was an entrance or an exit wound. I think this was blown up a good deal.
Mr. Specter.
Dr. McClelland, why wasn't the President's body turned over?
Dr. Mcclelland.
The President's body was not turned over because the initial things that were done as in all such cases of extreme emergency are to first establish an airway and second, to stop hemorrhage and replace blood, so that these were the initial things that were carried out immediately without taking time to do a very thorough physical examination, which of course would have required that these other emergency measures not be done immediately.
Mr. Specter.
Did you make any examination of the President's back at all?
Dr. Mcclelland.
No.
Mr. Specter.
Was any examination of the President's back made to your knowledge?
Dr. Mcclelland.
Not here no.
Mr. Specter.
Do you have anything to add which you think might be helpful in any way to the Commission?
Dr. Mcclelland.
No; I think not except again to emphasize perhaps that some of our statements to the press about the nature of the wound may have been misleading, possibly--probably ,because of our fault in tolling it in such a way that they misinterpreted our certainty of being able to tell entrance from exit wounds, which as we say, we generally can make an educated guess about these things but cannot be certain about them. I think they attributed too much certainty to us about that.
Mr. Specter.
Now, have you talked to anyone from the Federal Government about this matter since I took your deposition last Saturday?
Dr. Mcclelland.
No.
Mr. Specter.
And did you and I chat for a moment or two with my showing you this translation of "L' Express" prior to the time we went on the record here?
Dr. Mcclelland.
Yes.
Mr. Specter.
And is the information which you gave to me in response to my questions the same that we put on the record here?
Dr. Mcclelland.
To the best of my knowledge---yes
Mr. Specter.
Thank you very much, Dr. McClelland.
Dr. Mcclelland.
All right. Thank you

Testimony of Dr. Charles Rufus Baxter

Mr. Specter.
The testimony of Dr. Charles Rufus Baxter was taken at 11:15 a.m., on March 24, 1964, at Parkland Memorial Hospital, Dallas, Tex., by Mr. Arlen Specter, assistant counsel of the President's Commission.

Mr. SPECTER. May the record show that Dr. Charles Baxter is present in response to a letter requesting him to appear and give his deposition. For the record I shall state that the President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy is investigating all facets of the shooting, including the medical treatment performed on President Kennedy.
Dr. Baxter has been asked to give a deposition on his participation in connection with the care and medical treatment of President Kennedy, and with that statement of purpose, would you please stand up, Dr. Baxter, and raise your right hand.
Do you solemnly swear the testimony you give before the President's Commission in the course of this deposition proceeding will be the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help you God?
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