Written by a medical doctor, Allen Childs, the book’s title is self-explanatory: We Were There: Revelations from the Dallas Doctors Who Attended to JFK on November 22, 1963.
Dr. Childs has been a psychiatrist for 47 years, and was the US Army’s Chief of Mental Hygiene for the Island of Oahu during the Vietnam War. Childs was a medical student at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas, the day the mortally wounded President Kennedy was brought to the emergency room. His book,
We Were There, brings together the memories of the medical students,
interns, residents and, most importantly, the attending physicians who were at Parkland Hospital on that fateful day 50 years ago.
The official conclusion of the Warren Commission report was that Kennedy had been shot from behind by a lone gunman, Lee Harvey Oswald, who fired as the motorcade passed the Texas school Book Depository building overlooking Dallas’ Dealey Plaza.
But, as disclosed in We Were There, four Parkland Hospital doctors, experts in gunshot wounds who saw JFK before he was given a tracheostomy, saw a bullet wound in the front of Kennedy’s neck “where his collar should have been” – a wound that was caused by a bullet entering, not leaving, his body.
Here’s a pic of Kennedy’s neck wound.
The doctors’ statements, of course, directly contradict the Warren Commission report. They also support the testimonies of eyewitnesses of a gunman firing from a grassy knoll near the parade route.
Famed forensic pathologist Dr. Cyril Wecht says the truth would’ve been made abundantly clear in the immediate aftermath of the assassination, if secret service agents didn’t insist on breaking the law by removing Kennedy’s body from Dallas before an autopsy could be performed. But Texas coroners were not allowed to perform the autopsy. Instead, secret service agents spirited the body away at gunpoint for an autopsy performed at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland, under the control of the federal government and new President Lyndon B. Johnson.
Dr. Eowyn is the Editor of Fellowship of the Minds.