New prog­no­sis for Pres­i­dent Lin­coln

Los Angeles Times - - T H E Nation -

Pres­i­dent Lin­coln might have sur­vived if to­day’s med­i­cal tech­nol­ogy had ex­isted when he was shot in 1865, but the ques­tion is whether he would have re­cov­ered enough to re­turn to of­fice, a doc­tor and a his­to­rian said at an an­nual Univer­sity of Mary­land School of Medicine con­fer­ence on the deaths of his­toric fig­ures.

The con­fer­ence has tra­di­tion­ally re­ex­am­ined the deaths of his­toric fig­ures to de­ter­mine whether the di­ag­no­sis of the time was cor­rect, but this year’s event asks whether Lin­coln could have been saved and what ef­fect that would have had.

“I don’t be­lieve that the pres­i­dent had a uni­formly fa­tal in­jury,” said Dr. Thomas Scalea of the Univer­sity of Mary­land’s Shock Trauma Cen­ter.

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