On Anniversary of Lincoln’s Death: Modern Analysis of his Traumatic Injury

An article examining the gunshot wound to the head that killed Abraham Lincoln asks whether the 16th president could have survived had the injury occurred today. On the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s death (April 15), journalist Will Hadden confers with Vanderbilt Hospital neurosurgeon Dr. Allen Sills to find out how far trauma care has come since 1865.

Despite the advent of CAT scans, metabolic suppression, advanced airway management techniques and new surgical interventions, Sills determined, Lincoln’s penetrating brain injury would have almost certainly still resulted in death. Had he survived, his severe brain injury would cause disabilities preventing him from carrying out his presidential duties.

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