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Other TitlesHistorical Clinicopathological Conference: Saving President Lincoln
DescriptionThe 2007 conference represents a departure from the themes of discussing the puzzling illness and/or mysterious death of an historical figure. Instead, the medical treatment of Abraham Lincoln after being shot by John Wilkes Booth is contrasted with present-day trauma care. Provided is a description of a report by Dr. Charles Leale, the first physician to attend the wounded president. In the accompanying PDF of the full text article, Dr. Scalea presents a detailed explanation of the course of treatment that would be provided in a modern trauma center. It is Dr. Scalea’s opinion that had Lincoln had access to such a facility he may well have survived the injury to his brain. An historical perspective authored by Steven Lee Carson as well as a comment by Dr. Philip A. Mackowiak appear at the end of the article.
Alterative Diagnosis: Might have died or been left in a persistent vegetative state.
The full text article pdf is not the final version that was published in the American Journal of the Medical Sciences in 2009.
CitationScalea, T.M., Carson, S.L., & Mackowiak, P.A. (2009). Saving President Lincoln: An Update for Clinicians. American Journal of the Medical Sciences, 337(1), 47-55
SponsorsUniversity of Maryland, Baltimore. School of Medicine
VA Maryland Health Care System (U.S.)
University of Maryland, Baltimore. School of Medicine. Medical Alumni Association
Kramer, Morton D., M.D.
KeywordLincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865
Advanced Trauma Life Support Care--methods
Wounds and Injuries--history
Identifier to cite or link to this itemhttp://hdl.handle.net/10713/6848