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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. VI - Page 81« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of Dr. Kenneth Everett Salyer)

Mr. Specter.
Can you think of any others?
Dr. SALYER. No; I don't recall any others--there could have been some, there were a lot of people sort of moving in and out. There certainly were a lot of nurses in there at that time.
Mr. Specter.
Can you identify any of the nurses who were there?
Dr. SALYER. No; I can't.
Mr. Specter.
What was the President's condition at the time you arrived?
Dr. SALYER. It was critical.

Mr. SPECTER. What did you observe about him with respect to any wounds he may have sustained?
Dr. SALYER Well, I observed that he did have some sucking wound of some type on his neck, and that he also had a wound of his right temporal region--these were the two main wounds.
Mr. Specter.
Did you have an opportunity to observe his throat?

Dr. SALYER No; I really did not. I think there were a lot of people--a lot of doctors more closely around him. I might mention also, I think just right after I came in the room Dr. Clark and Dr. Grossman also arrived.
Mr. Specter.
Doctor who?
Dr. SALYER Dr. Grossman, just briefly. He's a neurosurgeon also.
Mr. Specter.
What is his name?
Dr. SALYER Dr. Grossman--Bob Grossman He was just there, I think, briefly.
Mr. Specter.
How long was he there?
Dr. SALYER. I couldn't say--I'm not sure he came in the room. I know they were together--I cannot say that for sure.
Mr. Specter.
To what extent did Dr. Crenshaw participate?
Dr. SALYER. Dr. Crenshaw participated about the extent that I did. We were occupied in making sure an I.V. was going and hanging up a bottle of blood.
Mr. Specter.
Is the--is Dr. Crenshaw a resident?
Dr. SALYER. Yes, he is third-year resident. That's the reason I remember him specifically because we were sort of working there together on that.
Mr. Specter.
I had asked you a moment ago whether you had an opportunity to observe the condition of the President's throat.
Dr. SALYER. Right.
Mr. Specter.
What was your answer to that question?

Dr. SALYER The answer was--there were a lot of doctors standing around, and I didn't really get to observe the nature of the wound in the throat.
Mr. Specter.
At approximately what time did you arrive at the emergency room where the President was situated ?
Dr. SALYER. I really don't know.
Mr. SPECTER. What was done for the President by way of treatment that you observed ?
Dr. SALYER. Well, an adequate airway eventually, of course, some external cardiac massage he had I.V.'s---intravenous fluids going in a number of sites, and all of the acute measures we administered him.
Mr. Specter.
I didn't hear you at the end of your answer.

Dr. SALYER. I said--all of the many other measures that we administered--I don't recall specifically some of the other details as far as medications and so forth.
Mr. Specter.
What did you observe with respect to the head wound?

Dr. SALYER. I came in on the left side of him and noticed that his major wound seemed to be in his right temporal area, at least from the point of view that I could see him, and other than that--nothing other than he did have a gaping scalp wound-- cranial wound.
Mr. Specter.
Has anyone from the Federal Government talked to you about your observations of this matter?
Dr. SALYER No one has.
Mr. Specter.
Do you have anything to add which you think may be of aid to the President's Commission in its inquiry?
Dr. SALYER. No, I believe not.
Mr. Specter.
Thank you very much, Dr. Salyer.
Dr. SALYER. Thank you.
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