Short Study File #47
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Art 32 testimony of [Major William] Straub, [MD] on 07/10/70
(Concerning The Stomach Wound)
through, but it was into the muscle so we don't really classify it as a superficial laceration.
Q If I may put it in another term, are you saying, sir, that this wound did not puncture the muscle wall?
A It did puncture the muscle wall.
Q Did it go through the muscle?
A Well, I didn't probe down to see if it reached the level of the peritoneum, but it was through muscle.
Q But you don't know if it was in the peritoneum?
A I think it would be better to query one of the surgeons who may have examined that wound more closely.
Q Was Captain MacDonald in shock when you saw him?
A That depends--what you mean by shock.
Q Was he in cardiovascular shock?
A Well, as I recall, when I reached him he was on the stretcher. He was lying down and the blood pressure and pulse had been recorded on his sheet and I glanced at it. I don't recall what it is; I don't know whether it is in the records or anything, but judging from what I saw I wasn't immediately concerned that he was in severe cardiovascular collapse. Of course, people, we see people who have been in shock, whether they are standing up or when you lie them down and the blood pressure may return to normal: then you set them up, they are immediately in shock, so I think that, you know, that one examination I'm sure was taken when he was lying down. I'm not sure of the validity of that in evaluating whether he was in cardiovascular shock.
COL ROCK: Did you have any conversation with him?
WITNESS: The only thing he said to me was, "Am I gonna be all right, doc, am I gonna be all right?", and I said, "Yes, I think you are."