We Were There: Revelations from the Dallas Doctors Who Attended to JFK on November 22, 1963
by Allen Childs
Any child of the 60s is likely impacted by the assassination of John F Kennedy. In fact, I have very clear memories of the day: my teacher running back into the classroom crying, my ride through the rain to my grandmother’s house to watching Jack Ruby gun down Lee Harvey Oswald on live-TV.
They are forever seared in my memory.
I had already contributed to the Indegogo Project: The Parkland Doctors – John F. Kennedy (“Millions of stories say who tried to kill JFK, this is about who tried to save him.”) a documentary featuring the doctors, so this book was a natural.
I’m not one to fall into the conspiracy trap; I was more interested in the medical aspects of the assassination and wasn’t all that interested in the political aspects as plenty as been written about that.
The intro to the book in brutal. I’ve read many books about autopsy and death but what I wasn’t expecting was the power and the emotion of the day. Be prepared as it is quite graphic.
In some regards, the book is told in a boring fashion, having each doctor or eye-witness detail what they saw and what they felt, so there is a great deal of overlap. But the human element of the story keeps a grip on you. Even knowing the story backwards and forwards, I was still taken aback by some small detail I hadn’t know previously.
This is a book that details a very dark day in history and does so in a very graphic manner.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the subject, but are forewarned that this book is not for the faint-hearted.