Short Study File #45
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Art 32 testimony of Dr. [Russell] Fisher on 09/09/70
A Yes, sir, I did.
Q And could you give us the location of that?
A This is square in the mid-axillary line, eight inches, around the chest from the mid-line.
Q Now is it fair to say that the place you found actually by examining Captain MacDonald, to be the locale of the chest tube insertion, is where you believe actually that the knife wound or ice pick wound has been made?
A I had believed that it was near the--the stab wound was near the eight-inch wound for surgery, and such does not appear to be the case.
Q In fact, in view of the actual correct location of the stab wound being three and a half inches from the mid-line, would you now indicate to the investigating officer, what organs are endangered by a stab wound to that area of the chest?
A Well, that far around in front, I believe it entirely possible that the diaphragm could have been contacted, had this knife been inserted beyond the chest wall, and had it been say, inserted to a depth of--I would say--two inches or more, I think it might have contacted the liver.
Q When you say two inches from the outer section of the body to the liver?
A Yes, I think--you see, the liver is rounded in that area and it retreats somewhat from the chest wall, but if you enter a couple of inches you are going to get it in the diaphragm and into the liver, if you are within three and a half inches of the mid-line in front.
Q So that your estimation, only a two-inch penetration by a stabbing instrument would be necessary to possibly touch the liver in Captain MacDonald's case?