- Abraham Lincoln:
· Assassination: bystander physician
- Degree: MD
- Medical school: Columbia Medical College, 1861; University of Pennsylvania, 1865
- McCullough says King was the first physician to reach Lincoln after the shooting, but the accounts of Dr. Leale and Dr. Taft suggest that King was second.
- King was so named "because of his father's admiration" for that continent [Kunhardt p45]
- King later became a professor of obstetrics in Washington, DC [McCullough]
- In 1882 King proposed a method to eradicate malaria from Washington, DC: encircle the city with a wire screen as high as the Washington Monument. Many people took this as a jest, partly because the link between malaria and mosquitoes had, at that time, been *hypothesized* by only a few physicians. It was not until 1898 that Ronald Ross proved mosquitoes were a vector for malaria (he won the Nobel Prize for the discovery just four years later) [MuCullough 409-410, 422]. However impractical, King was on the right track for malaria control, well in advance of the rest of the medical profession.
- Roos CA. Physicians to the Presidents, and their patients: a bibliography. Bull Med Library Assoc. 1961; 49(3): 291-360.
- Kunhardt DM, Kunhardt PB Jr. Twenty Days: A Narrative in Text and Pictures of the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln and the Twenty Days and Nights That Followed. New York: Castle Books, 1965.
- McCullough, David. The Path Between the Seas. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1977; page 143.
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