Trauma Room One: The JFK Medical Coverup Exposed 

Trauma Room One

by 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

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Trauma Room One is "one [of] the most important and well documented books of our time." - Bob Sirkin (of CBS News) for


The doctors who tried to save President John F. Kennedy at Parkland Hospital in November of
1963 agreed--either out of respect or fear--not to publish what they had seen, heard, and felt. Then in 1990, one of the Dallas surgeons who worked on JFK in Trauma Room One, Dr. Charles Crenshaw, decided after much deliberation that the American people ought to know the truth. 

“The wounds to Kennedy’s head and throat that I examined were caused by bullets that struck him from the front, not the back, as the public has been led to believe,” says Crenshaw. When the first edition of this book was published in 1992, under the title JFK: Conspiracy of Silence, Crenshaw revealed what he never had to opportunity to tell the Warren Commission. In the aftermath, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) called Crenshaw’s book “a fabrication.” But JAMA’s claim did not hold up in court and Crenshaw subsequently prevailed in a defamation suit against JAMA. In the process, a number of new medical disclosures and discoveries have emerged on the startling medical cover-up of the JFK assassination. 

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Charles A. Crenshaw, M.D.CHARLES A. CRENSHAW, M.D., a Texas native, was Chairman Emeritus of the Department of Surgery and a member of the Board of Directors of the Tarrant County Hospital District in Fort Worth. He received his BS from Southern Methodist University and his MS from East Texas State University. He worked on his Ph.D. at Baylor University Graduate Research Institute in 1957 and, in 1960, he earned his M.D. from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. He interned at Veteran's Administration Hospital and completed his residency at Dallas's Parkland Memorial Hospital, where he worked for five years. He taught at many institutions including the UT Southwestern Medical School. He was honored with inclusions in numerous medical and professional societies and was published extensively. 


GARY L. AGUILAR, M.D., is an ophthalmologist specializing in plastic and reconstructive surgery in San Francisco, California. His is also assistant clinical professor of ophthalmology at Stanford University and at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Aguilar is a leading authority on the medical aspects of the assassination of JFK, having conducted many inquiries and interviews with physicians and witnesses to the crime.

D. BRADLEY KIZZIA, J.D., is a lawyer in Dallas, Texas, where he specializes in general civil litigation. A graduate of Austin College and of the Southern Methodist University School of Law, Kizzia has been admitted to practice before all of the U.S. District Courts in Texas, the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court. He has a special interest in the JFK assassination and assisted Dr. Crenshaw in his successful suit against the Journal of the American Medical Association.

J. GARY SHAW is a self-employed architect in Cleburne, Texas and is a former director of the JFK Assassination Information Center in Dallas. He is considered one of the world’s leading authorities on the Kennedy assassination. Shaw is the author of one previous book on the subject, Cover-Up, and was co-author with Dr. Crenshaw of JFK: Conspiracy of Silence.

CYRIL WECHT, M.D., J.D., is chief of forensic pathology and legal medicine for Allegheny County, Pennsylvania and is widely recognized as one of America’s premier forensic pathologists. He has performed over 13,000 autopsies and reviewed another 30,000. His extensive experience and medical-legal expertise have made him a sought-after authority in many of America’s most controversial cases. He gained national prominence for disputing the Warren Commission’s version of John F. Kennedy’s assassination. Dr. Wecht is author of Cause of Death, GraveSecrets, and Who Killed Jonbenet Ramsey?


Trauma Room One provides more than just another look at Crenshaw’s claims; it is a state-of-the-science look at the JFK assassination…” –Kenn Thomas, Steamshovel Press

Trauma Room One
is one of "The Ten Most Essential JFK Assassination books" -- Matt DeLuca, JFK Assassination Researcher

"Trauma Room One . . . adds vital and chilling evidence of Lyndon Johnson's alleged complicity in the government's cover-up of JFK's assassination." Bob Sirken,


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.

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