Trauma Room One

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The doctors who tried to save President John F. Kennedy at Parkland Hospital in November of 1963 agreed-either out of respect or fear-not to publish what they had seen, heard, and felt. Then in 1990, one of the Dallas surgeons who worked on JFK in Trauma Room One, Dr. Charles Crenshaw, decided after much deliberation that the American people ought to know the truth.

"The wounds to Kennedy's head and throat that I examined were caused by bullets that struck him from the front, not the back, as the public has been led to believe," says Crenshaw. When the first edition of this book was published in 1992, under the title JFK: Conspiracy of Silence, Crenshaw revealed what he never had to opportunity to tell the Warren Commission. In the aftermath, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) called Crenshaw's book "a fabrication." But JAMA's claim did not hold up in court and Crenshaw subsequently prevailed in a defamation suit against JAMA. In the process, a number of new medical disclosures and discoveries have emerged on the startling medical cover-up of the JFK assassination.

CHARLES A. CRENSHAW, M.D. (1933-2001), a Texas native, was Chairman Emeritus of the Department of Surgery and a member of the Board of Directors of the Tarrant County Hospital District in Fort Worth. He received his BS from Southern Methodist University and his MS from East Texas State University. He worked on his Ph.D. at Baylor University Graduate Research Institute in 1957 and, in 1960, he earned his M.D. from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. He interned at Veteran's Administration Hospital and completed his residency at Dallas's Parkland Memorial Hospital, where he worked for five years. He taught at many institutions, including the UT Southwestern Medical School. He was honored with inclusions in numerous medical and professional societies and was published extensively.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781931044301
  • Publisher: Cosimo
  • Publication date: 11/22/2001
  • Edition description: Revised and Expanded
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 749,148
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.65 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2008

    Eye witness doctor finally speaks out

    The author was one of the doctors present at Parkland hospital Nov. 22, 1963, the day of the assassination. He saw what he saw. He knows what he saw. He saw a medical scene with the trained eye of a doctor. His memory appears to be excellent, his recollections vivid. He saw frontal wounds. just like they all did. After all, he was a doctor. Most, if not all, of the Parkland doctors who testified under oath apparently initially told the truth. What is disconcerting is how they, later, began to hedge and back off certain things they were more certain about early on. Were they intimidated? Dr. Crenshaw, the author, explains why he waited so long to write his book. What his remembrance means, relative to a critical review of the Warren Commission, is disturbing. It is truly sad that he, an American, would have to admit to fear at the prospect of speaking out freely as a citizen. He is to be commended, however, for finally doing so. And the Commission? Ignoring the observations of highly focussed witnesses, observations corroborated by multiple highly trained and intelligent fellow professionals, all of whom saw the same thing, was no way to investigate the facts as they unfolded. That is, if one assumes the Commission even wanted the truth. The final report is what the sheep were led to believe in 1964 when it came out. Personally, I am convinced that these doctors saw exactly what they said they saw. It almost seems silly to have to say it. But their collective testimony and very capable observations were essentially overruled by a distant commission disinterested in the facts, facts based on eye witness accounts. The testimonial contributions of the doctors and nurses present were essentially negated. This book needs no other alongside it to utterly destroy the credibility of the Warren Report conclusions. In fact,it does much to raise immense doubts as to whether the Commission itself was complicit in spearheading a massive, if desperate, whitewash and frame-up. Even now, I still have to wonder why such eminent politicians and leaders were willing to risk it all?

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