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Trauma Room One
The JFK Medical Coverup Exposed Point here for more book info

Charles A. Crenshaw, M.D.
with J. Gary Shaw , D. Bradley Kizzia, J.D., Gary Aguilar, M.D.,and Cyril Wecht, M.D., J.D.
Foreword by Oliver Stone

Paraview Press, 2001
ISBN: 1-931044-30-9
Conspiracy, 287 pages
Trade Paperback, $16.99


By Oliver Stone


I have obviously offered my perspective on controversial issues through the medium of film. One such effort was the movie, JFK, which hypothesized that there was a conspiracy behind the assassination of President John Kennedy on November 22, 1963. The movie depicted actual evidence in a way that supported a controversial conspiracy theory.

Dr. Charles Crenshaw is a true eyewitness to the historical event that was the subject of my movie. Unlike many conspiracy theorists, he was actually in a position to know critical facts when he participated on the Parkland Hospital trauma teams that endeavored to save the lives of President Kennedy and his accused assassin. When Dr. Crenshaw’s book was first published in April of 1992 (shortly after release of my movie JFK, for which he served as a technical consultant), he made a significant contribution to the historical record pertaining to the JFK assassination.

It seems incredible that the awesome power of the media, including Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and those that reported on its New York City press conference in May 1992, could be employed so irresponsibly in an attempt to damage Dr. Crenshaw in the eyes and minds of millions of people—damage which can never be totally undone. Most private individuals obviously do not have the power or resources to adequately respond to attacks in the mass media. The legal system only provides a partial remedy. Because of the freedom provided to the media by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, no court can legally order publication of a correction or apology; but consider the chilling effect on an individual’s exercise of free speech about a controversial subject that vilification in the mass media (or fear of same) can have. As philosopher Joseph Hall once said: “A reputation once broken may possibly be repaired, but the world will always keep their eyes on the spot where the crack was.”

One wonders whether JAMA and its former editor and writer really believe that their handling of this matter served to dignify that allegedly prestigious, scientific medical journal. Do they really think that trying to destroy the reputation of a distinguished and honorable medical professional who merely offered his opinions on a controversial subject was appreciated by its readers? The potentially devastating power of a free press requires that it be responsibly exercised, a notion that JAMA apparently either failed to learn or merely decided to ignore and abandon in the case of the JFK assassination.

Author’s Note:
Why This Book Was Updated
By Charles A. Crenshaw

The book I originally wrote with Jen Hansen and J. Gary Shaw, JFK: Conspiracy of Silence, was published in April, 1992 and was well-received across the nation by the American public. I had broken the “edict of silence” thrust upon us, those who tried to save President John F. Kennedy, and, two days later, his accused assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald. My observations contradicted the “official” version of the assassination, as reported in the Warren Report. I stated that President Kennedy was shot at least once, and I believe twice, from the front, and Oswald could not have been a “lone gunman.” I had anticipated criticism from some, but I never expected the vicious attack from my medical colleagues.

In May 1992, the editor and a writer for the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) called a press conference in New York to promote a JAMA article which attacked me both personally and professionally. They quoted some of my fellow physicians who had been in the Parkland Emergency room on that tragic day, with statements that varied significantly from the testimony that they had sworn to before the Warren Commission. 

I repeatedly asked JAMA for a retraction and correction and received correspondence denying our request. My coauthor Gary Shaw and I were advised to sue JAMA, and on November 22, 1992, exactly 29 years since that fateful day in Dallas, we filed suit for “slander with malice.” In October, 1994, we agreed to court-ordered mediation and accepted a monetary settlement offered by JAMA. The litigation details and exposure of JAMA ‘s unethical publication are included in this book in the section written by our attorney, D. Bradley Kizzia.

The House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) concluded in 1979 that President Kennedy’s death was the result of a probable conspiracy, but their records were sealed until the year 2029. The 1992 President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act (JFK Act) was a unique solution to nearly thirty years of government secrecy, and the government was required to release whatever information it had concerning the assassination. The JFK Act created an independent board that would oversee the government’s implementation of the Act, the Assassination Record Review Board (ARRB). 

Many of the revelations from the ARRB have substantiated my allegations in the original book. According to Saundra Spencer, the autopsy photographs of President Kennedy that she developed at the Naval Photography Center in 1963 were different from those in the National Archives since 1966. The ARRB Report also suggests that Dr. Humes, one of three autopsy physicians, appears to have changed his Warren Commission testimony when his deposition was taken under oath by the ARRB. Additional testimony questioned the autopsy and brain photography that are now in the National Archive and Records Administration.

I have no idea who shot President Kennedy or why. What I do know is that somehow and for some reason, there was a medical cover-up. The “official” autopsy photos do not depict the same wounds I saw in Trauma Room One at Parkland. The wounds I saw were wounds of entrance, and thus they could have not come from the rifle of Lee Harvey Oswald.

Copyright 2001 Charles A. Crenshaw



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