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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. VI - Page 40« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of Dr. Charles Rufus Baxter)

Dr. BAXTER. I do.
Mr. Specter.
Would you state your full name, please?
Dr. BAXTER. Charles Rufus Baxter.
Mr. Specter.
What is your profession, sir?
Dr. BAXTER. I am a medical doctor of surgery, general surgeon.
Mr. Specter.
Will you outline briefly your educational background ?

Dr. BAXTER. University of Texas--1948 through 1950, Southwestern Medical School, 1950 through 1954, 1955 straight medicine internship, 1956 medicine residency--internal medicine residency, 1956 through 1958, surgical research at Brooke Army Medical Center, 1958 through 1964--surgical residency, and 1964 through the present--this is 1964, I got out of the Army--in 1958, 1958 through 1962--surgery residency, and 1962 until now, assistant professor of surgery.
Mr. Specter.
And are you board certified, Doctor?
Dr. BAXTER. Yes.
Mr. Specter.
And what boards have you passed?
Dr. BAXTER. The American Board of Surgeons.
Mr. Specter.
And what year were you so certified?
Dr. BAXTER. 1963.
Mr. Specter.
And what is your specific title at the medical school?
Dr. BAXTER Assistant professor of surgery.
Mr. Specter.
Did you have occasion to aid in the treatment of President Kennedy at Parkland Hospital?
Mr. Baxter.
Mr. SPECTER. And will you outline briefly the circumstances surrounding your being called to render such assistance?
Dr. BAXTER. I was conducting the student health service in the hours of 12 to 1 and was contacted there by the supervisor of the emergency room, who told me that the President was on the way to the emergency room, having been shot.
I went on a dead run to the emergency room as fast as I could and it took me about 3 or 4 minutes to get there.
Mr. Specter.
Approximately what time did you arrive at the emergency room?
Dr. BAXTER. I think it was 12:40--thereabouts.
Mr. Specter.
And who was present at that time?
Dr. BAXTER. Dr. Carrico and Dr. Jones and Dr. Jenkins--several nurses.
Mr. Specter.
Can you identify the nurses?
Dr. BAXTER. Yes; Mrs. Nelson---and who else? There were two or three others whose names--Miss Henchliffe was there.

Mr. SPECTER. Miss Bowron?
Dr. BAXTER. Who?
Mr. Specter.
Was Miss Bowron there?
Dr. BAXTER. Yes; I believe so.
Mr. Specter.
Were any other nurses there?
Dr. BAXTER. One or two more, but I'm not sure of their names.

Mr. SPECTER. Can you identify any other doctors who were there at that time?
Dr. BAXTER. Oh, let's see---I'm not sure whether the others came before or after I did. There was Crenshaw, Peters, and Kemp Clark, Dr. Bashour finally came. I believe Jackie Hunt--yes--she was, I believe she was the anesthesiologist who came.
Mr. Specter.
Was Dr. Don Curtis there?
Dr. BAXTER. I'm not sure---I just don't remember.
Mr. Specter.
When you arrived, what did you observe as to the condition of the President?

Dr. BAXTER. He was very obviously in extremis. There was a large gaping wound in the skull which was covered at that time with blood, and its extent was not immediately determined. His eyes were bulging, the pupils were fixed and dilated and deviated outward, both pupils were deviated laterally. At that time his breathing was being assisted so that whether he was breathing on his own or not, I couldn't determine.
Mr. Specter.
In what way was his breathing being assisted?
Dr. BAXTER With an anesthesia machine.
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