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Modern Medicine Might Have Saved Lincoln 281

Posted by Zonk
from the quickly-to-the-delorean dept.
Pcol writes "For the past 13 years the University of Maryland School of Medicine has presented a historical clinicopathological conference where they consider famous historical medical cases such as the death of Alexander the Great and composer Ludwig van Beethoven and provide a modern diagnosis and treatment in each case. This year Dr. Thomas M. Scalea, physician-in-chief for the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center discusses if the world's first center for trauma victims could have improved the outcome had Lincoln's assassination occurred in 2007. 'This could be a recoverable injury, with a reasonable expectation he would survive,' Scalea said, noting that assassin's weapon was relatively impotent compared to the firepower now on the streets today. The modern prognosis predicts that Lincoln might have conceivably recovered enough to return to the White House to complete his second term."
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Modern Medicine Might Have Saved Lincoln

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  • similar studies? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by emc (19333) on Friday May 18, 2007 @03:46PM (#19183487)
    do they have similar presentations at conferences, like how the civil war would have ended if the south had stealth bombers... and how Hannibal would have done if he had a fleet of Hummers with 50cal BMGs?
  • by jfengel (409917) on Friday May 18, 2007 @04:14PM (#19183961) Homepage Journal
    It's kind of astonishing to think that security around the President was so much less then. It's not like they didn't know that people had a gripe against Lincoln. Yeah, nobody had assassinated a President before, but sovereign rulers had been the target of people with grievances before.

    I wonder if they were just naive about security, or if perhaps it was a more genteel time in general.
  • Re:similar studies? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by aktzin (882293) on Friday May 18, 2007 @04:21PM (#19184073)
    Your comment reminded me of this funny "what if...?" look at Lord of the Rings:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnUvw1rzziE [youtube.com]

  • by jfengel (409917) on Friday May 18, 2007 @04:27PM (#19184173) Homepage Journal
    It's kind of ironic, given that Americans had just fought their bloodiest war ever, to call it a more "civilized time".

    It's often said that people were more civil to each other in the past. I'm not certain if it's true, or if it's just rose-colored glasses.
  • Life as we know it (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Avatar8 (748465) on Friday May 18, 2007 @04:39PM (#19184355)
    Had Lincoln been saved, the United States and probably the world would not be recognizable.

    If I recall history correctly, it was not Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation nor even the defeat of the Confederate States in the Civil War that brought our country together. Lincoln's death had a major impact on the people as a whole. Reunification was cemented by it. The south was embarrassed by Boothe's action and rebellious groups ceased their activities.

    Lincoln was a visionary and a very ethical man according to the history books. Had he lived, the country likely would have remained divided amongst the peoples, mentally and spiritually. I doubt our country would have unified, worked together and developed as we have. Very possibly Japan and Russia would have ended up as the only super powers in the 30's and 40's and that would leave us in a fascist/socialist/communist world.

    SEE what havoc modern medicine can wreak?

    Besides, if Lincoln were alive today he'd be appalled at the current legal, political and governmental systems we have in place. No room for ethics whatsoever. He has more value on the penny and the $5 bill. Sad really.

  • by Hijacked Public (999535) * on Friday May 18, 2007 @05:14PM (#19184821)
    Almost certainly plenty of people cheered Lincoln's death back then, they just weren't the people who wrote our history books.

    Even today there are people who can make a convincing case that Lincoln was just as crooked and underhanded, if not more so, than Bush.

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