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    Sunday, May 20, 2007

    If Only: If we knew then what we know now, Lincoln would have lived:

    The bullet, a round ball fired from a small derringer, entered the back of Lincoln's skull and traveled nearly all the way through his head, cutting through the left lateral lobe, which governs voluntary muscle movement, and the lateral ventricle, a horseshoe-shaped cavity filled with fluid.

    The bulled lodged just above and behind the left eye socket, which cracked and quickly filled with fluid.

    If Lincoln were flown to Shock Trauma with those injuries, a radiological CT scan of his brain would be performed first. Then a portion of his skull would be surgically removed to relieve pressure from his swelling brain, and the blood clotting would be cleaned out, Scalea said.

    Meanwhile, to ease the brain's burden, the president would be hooked up to a mechanical respirator to take over his breathing. Intravenous fluids would provide nourishment and hydration.

    Removing the bullet would risk more injury and would not be attempted, Scalea said.

    If all went well, Lincoln's blood loss should be stemmed and his condition stabilized in a few hours or a day.


    Perhaps. But could he still have led?
     

    posted by Sydney on 5/20/2007 08:08:00 PM 4 comments

    4 Comments:

    No, he'd not return. That would be a terrific amount of damage, and he'd be permanently changed as a result.

    I passed on the 'well, we've had how many obviously brain-damaged presidents before' joke, but feel I need to mention I considered it.

    GruntDoc

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:25 PM  

    Er,
    'scuse me, but ask the question
    "Could he have still led?" and
    then think about some of your more eloquent leaders
    Ronny Rayguns,
    George Bush,
    Dan Quayle,
    The VP who shot his friend, mistaking him for a bird...

    I suspect the brain damage would have just made him more qualified to lead the conservatives (GOP).

    Benedict

    By Blogger Benedict 16th, at 8:51 AM  

    That would be a terrific amount of damage, and he'd be permanently changed as a result

    By Anonymous Allergy Blog, at 11:53 AM  

    er Allery blog,
    isn't that ust what I said?
    Benedict

    By Blogger Benedict 16th, at 9:32 AM  

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