UB Medical Students & the Exposition Hospital
Serious cases were intended to be
transported to the Buffalo General Hospital where complete surgical facilities
were available. When the Exposition Hospital's most famous patient arrived
by the Exposition's modern electric ambulance, however, doctors not affiliated
with the Hospital determined that the President must be operated on immediately.
And so it was that President McKinley's surgery took place in the poorly
lit and inadequately equipped operating room on the Exposition grounds
by a physician who had never operated on a gunshot wound before.
To follow the medical events of that day and read the official autopsy,
visit the "Assassination"
area of the UB Libaries' "Illuminations" online exhibit.
Click on any image to view a larger version.
Special thanks to Chris Densmore and Rodney Obien of the University Archives for their assistance; also to Linda Lohr, head of the History of Medicine collection at the UB libraries. Photos from various private sources and from "Another Era: A Pictorial History of the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences State University of New York 1846- 1946"