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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. VI - Page 45« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of Dr. Charles Rufus Baxter)


Mr. Specter.
Thank you very much for coming, Dr. Baxter.
Dr. BAXTER. Thank you.

Dr. Marion Thomas Jenkins

Testimony of Dr. Marion Thomas Jenkins

The testimony of Dr. Marion Thomas Jenkins was taken at 5:30 p.m., on March 25, 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. M. T. Jenkins has appeared in response to a letter request in connection with the inquiry of the President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy, to testify concerning his observations and medical treatment performed by him on President Kennedy, and with this preliminary statement of purpose, would you stand up, please, Dr. Jenkins, and raise your right hand.
Do you solemnly swear the testimony you give before the President's Commission in this deposition proceeding, will be the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you God?
Dr. JENKINS. I do.

Mr. Specter.
Would you state your full name for the record, please?
Dr. JENKINS. Marion Thomas Jenkins.
Mr. Specter.
What is your profession, please?
Dr. JENKINS. I'm a physician.
Mr. Specter.
Are you licensed by the State of Texas to practice medicine?
Mr. Specter.
And what is your specialty, Dr. Jenkins?
Dr. JENKINS. Anesthesiology.
Mr. Specter.
Will you outline your educational background for me, please?
Dr. JENKINS. I am a graduate of the University of Texas in 1937. I have a B.A. degree and an M.D. degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston in 1940, rotating internship at the University of Kansas Hospital, Kansas City, Kans., 1940-41; Assistant Residency in Internal Medicine, John Sealy Hospital in Galveston, Tex., 1941-42; active duty in the U.S. Navy as a Medical Officer, 1942 to 1946; Resident in Surgery--Parkland Hospital, Dallas, 1946-47; Resident in anesthesiology in the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, 1947-48; and Director of the Department of Anesthesiology, Parkland Hospital and Parkland Memorial Hospital, 1948 to the present; Professor and Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology, University of Texas, Southwestern Medical School--since 1951. Diplomate--other certification, do you want this?
Mr. Specter.
Yes, what Boards are you certified?
Dr. JENKINS. I am a Diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology and also fellow of the American College of Anesthesiologists.
Mr. Specter.
And what year were you certified by the American Board?
Dr. JENKINS. 1952.
Mr. Specter.
Did you have occasion to assist in the treatment of President Kennedy on November 22, 1963?

Mr. SPECTER. And will you relate briefly the circumstances surrounding your being called into that case?
Dr. JENKINS. Well, I was in the dining room with other members of the hospital staff when we heard the Chief of Surgery, Dr. Tom Shires, being paged "Stat." This is a rather unusual call, for the Chief of any service to be called "Stat" as this is the emergency call.
Mr. Specter.
What does that mean, "Stat"?

Dr. JENKINS. "Stat" means emergency, that's just a code word that has been used for years in medical terms. He was paged twice this way, and one of the
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