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An analysis of the vascular injuries and attempted resuscitation surrounding the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr was the most prominent civil rights leader in the United States in the 1960s. He was shot by an assassin in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 4, 1968. After the shooting he was taken to a local hospital where he had an unsuccessful resuscitation for a right subclavian artery transection. Despite the fact that the circumstances around the assassination have been frequently reported and reviewed in the past 50 years, the specific vascular care of the traumatic injury has not been analyzed. This paper reviews the medical aspects of the King assassination and the management of his subclavian injury.

Citation: 

Long, Chandler A., Theodore N. Pappas, Kevin W. Southerland, and Cynthia K. Shortell. “An analysis of the vascular injuries and attempted resuscitation surrounding the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr..” J Vasc Surg 70, no. 5 (November 2019): 1652–57. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jvs.2019.06.203.

Published Date: 
Friday, November 1, 2019
Published In: 
Journal of Vascular Surgery
PMID: 
31653379