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Doctors Who Treated JFK Recall His Last Moments

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Doctors Who Treated JFK Recall His Last Moments

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Doctors Who Treated JFK Recall His Last Moments

Red Duke, Robert Grossman Rushed to Help on Nov. 22, 1963

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WEB EXTRA: Dr. Grossman Recalls Examining Kennedy

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In November 1963, Dr. Robert Grossman was a 30-year-old neurosurgeon at the Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas. Grossman treated both President Kennedy and his accused assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald. Baylor College of Medicine in Houston hide caption

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Dr. James Henry "Red" Duke was a fourth-year medical resident at Parkland in 1963. In the days following John Connally's admission to the hospital, Duke kept constant vigil over the Texas governor. University of Texas Medical School at Houston hide caption

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Forty years ago today, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated while visiting Dallas. As the years pass, the number of witnesses who remember the events of Nov. 22, 1963 continues to dwindle.

But for Red Duke and Robert Grossman, the day is etched indelibly in their memories. Both men served on the team of roughly a dozen doctors who worked on the president and Texas Gov. John Connally. One doctor saved a life; the other watched one slip away. They share their recollections of that day with reporter Sarah Richards.

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