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JFK Assassination Incredible Contemporary Account of Attending ER Physician 2 Weeks After Dallas

A 1p typed letter signed by Dr. Malcolm O. Perry (1929-2009), a Parkland Memorial Hospital emergency room attending surgeon, as "Malcolm Perry" near the bottom. Written in Dallas, Texas on December 6, 1963, two weeks after President Kennedy was shot, and 12 days after his suspected assassin Lee Harvey Oswald died at the same hospital. On "The University of Texas / Southwestern Medical School / 5323 Harry Hines Boulevard / Dallas 35, Texas / Department of Surgery" letterhead. The letter is toned, moderately folded and wrinkled, with mounting traces located along the top edge, and minor stains and loss located in the lower right bottom corner. Else good. 8.5" x 11." Provenance: From the collection of Ron Hoskins, assassinologist.

Dr. Malcolm O. Perry was one of the first doctors to treat 35th U.S. President John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) in the Parkland Memorial Hospital emergency room on November 22, 1963. He also assisted in the surgery of primary suspect Lee Harvey Oswald (1939-1963) on November 24, 1963. Dr. Perry was thus uniquely situated to observe and treat the lethal injuries of both men. In a letter addressed to an Indiana man named Ray E. Johnson, Dr. Perry wrote about President Kennedy's wound, in part:

"…I regret that I cannot give you a very definite answer to your question about the wound in the neck. Due to the necessity of attending to the emergency of the situation and only making a cursory examination, I am unable to say with accuracy as to whether this was an entrance wound of a bullet or exit wound of a small fragment…I do feel, however, that this was a serious wound and that subsequent reports will indicate that it was probably lethal in nature…"

On November 22nd, Dr. Perry had assisted inserting a breathing tube into the president's neck wound, and later, relieved one of his colleagues and undertook cardiac massage. Ironically, Dr. Perry had also assisted in the emergency operation of Lee Harvey Oswald two days later. He was tasked with cardiac massage and defibrillation efforts, and applied finger pressure to profuse aortic bleeding.

The timing and subject of Dr. Perry's letter make it remarkable. Dr. Perry wrote this letter just a week after the Warren Commission officially convened on November 29, 1963 -- which perhaps explains his injunction to use the information contained within discretely. During the Warren Commission investigation, the president's neck wound elicited intense scrutiny and played a major role in explaining the "single-bullet theory."

This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.


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