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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. VI - Page 58« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of Dr. Don Teel Curtis)

Mr. Specter.
What year did you graduate from Baylor Dental College?
Dr. CURTIS. 1962.
Mr. Specter.
What is your age at the present time?
Dr. CURTIS. Twenty-six.
Mr. Specter.
And what has your work consisted of here at Parkland Hospital?

Dr. CURTIS. I have functioned as an intern in oral surgery and also now am a resident this year in oral surgery.
Mr. Specter.
Are you a licensed dentist?
Dr. CURTIS. Yes.
Mr. Specter.
And when did you obtain that status in the State of Texas?
Dr. CURTIS. I think in August of 1962.
Mr. Specter.
Did you have occasion to assist in the medical treatment of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963 ?
Dr. CURTIS. Yes.

Mr. SPECTER Would you outline briefly the circumstances surrounding your call or your joining in the participation in that medical effort?
Dr. CURTIS. I was--do you want me to tell from the time that I got to the emergency room ?
Mr. Specter.
Yes--how did you happen to get to the emergency room ?

Dr. CURTIS. I was in our out-patient clinic and saw the President's car, or I saw that it had arrived at the emergency room entrance, and I went over there as a matter of curiosity and was directed into the emergency room and there was directed by a policeman into the room where President Kennedy was.
Mr. Specter.
About what time was that?
Dr. CURTIS. I don't know--it was shortly after he arrived.
Mr. Specter.
. Approximately how long after he arrived ?
Dr. CURTIS. I would say it was within--I would say within a minute after he arrived at the trauma room, although there's no way for me to know that.
Mr. Specter.
Who was present in the trauma room at that time?
Dr. CURTIS. Dr. Carrico and a nurse, I believe.
Mr. Specter.
Do you know the identity of the nurse ?

Mr. SPECTER. What did you observe, if anything, as to the condition of President Kennedy at that time?
Dr. CURTIS. I observed that he was in a supine position, with his head extended, and I couldn't see on my arrival--I couldn't see the nature of the wounds, however, Dr. Carrico was standing at the patient's head. Dr. Carrico had just placed an endotracheal tube and I participated in applying the Bird machine respirator into the endotracheal tube for artificial respiration.
Mr. SPECTER How does it happen that you would participate to that effect in view of the fact that you are an oral surgeon?
Dr. CURTIS. We participate in the emergency room on traumatic injuries of both the face and the entire patient, because the face is hooked onto a patient. We have a tour through anesthesia. We spend time on general anesthesia where we learn management of the patient's airway which makes us, I would say, qualified, for airway management. In our training here at the hospital we many, many times have patients on intravenous infusion and so we are well acquainted with the procedures attendant with the management of I.V. fluids.
Mr. SPECTER Is there always someone from oral surgery available at the trauma area?
Dr. CURTIS. One of the oral surgeons is on call at the emergency room at all times and we try to stay within a very short distance from the emergency room. We see many patients in the emergency room area.
Mr. Specter.
Is that for the purpose of rendering aid for someone who would

be injured in a way which would call for an oral surgeon ?
Dr. CURTIS. Yes--maxillofacial injuries.
Mr. SPECTER. And in addition, you help out in a general way when there is an emergency situation?
Dr. CURTIS. Yes.
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