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Volume VII of the HSCA's Appendices contains the reports of the HSCA medical panel and its firearms panel. The medical panel affirmed the Warren Commission's conclusions regarding the direction from which shots came (behind and above) and endorsed the single bullet theory, with one dissenting member. However, basic findings of the autopsy doctors were disputed by the medical panel, including the location of wounds in Kennedy's body. In the 1990s, formerly-secret medical testimony taken by HSCA staffers showed that many autopsy witnesses gave information which directly contradicted the autopsy doctors and the photographs, and the HSCA misrepresented their views in this report (apparently the medical panel members never saw these staff interviews).

The much shorter firearms panel report includes information on the Kennedy, Tippit, and Oswald shooting, and includes many photographic exhibits.

Title  (PDF: 52 K)
Contents 
Medical Panel Report  (PDF: 195 K)
 
Contents
 
 
Preface
 
 
Section I. Introduction
  (PDF: 361 K)
 
Section II. Performance of Autopsy
  (PDF: 1078 K)
 
Part I. Introduction
 
 
Part II. Facts and Issues
 
 
Part III. Conclusions
 
 
References
 
 
Section III. Chain of Custody of the Materials Acquired During the Autopsy
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Part I. Introduction
 
 
Part II. Chain of Custody of the Autopsy Materials
 
 
Part III. Subsequent History of Materials
 
 
Part IV. Additional Efforts to Acquire the Missing Materials
 
 
Part V. Conclusions
 
 
References
 
 
Section IV. Authenticity
  (PDF: 2199 K)
 
Part I. Introduction
 
 
Part II. Procedures Employed in Examining the Autopsy Photographs and X-rays
 
 
Part III. Conclusions
 
 
References
 
 
Addendum A. Report of Dr. Kerley and Dr. Snow
 
 
Addendum B. Report of Dr. Levine
 
 
Addendum C. Report of Frank Scott
 
 
Section V. Report of the Forensic Pathology Panel
 
 
Part I. Procedures Followed by the Forensic Pathology Panel
  (PDF: 237 K)
 
Part II. Recommendations for Additional Examinations, Procedures, and Consultations by Nonpathology Disciplines
  (PDF: 296 K)
 
Part III. Observations and Conclusions Derived from the Examination of the Available Evidence...
 
 
Description of President Kennedy's Wounds
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Entrance (inshoot) wound of the upper back and neck
 
 
Exit (outshoot) wound of the anterior (front) neck
 
 
Course of the missile through the body
 
 
Entrance (inshoot) wound of the back of the head
 
 
Exit (outshoot) wound of the side of the head
 
 
Course of the missile through the head
 
 
Other Autopsy considerations
 
 
Description of Governor Connally's Wounds
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Entrance (inshoot) wound of the right lateral back (thorax)
 
 
Exit (outshoot) wound of the right anterior chest
 
 
Course of the missile through the back (thorax)
 
 
Reentry wound into the dorsum (top or back) of the right wrist
 
 
Exit wound on the volar (lower) surface of the right wrist
 
 
Course of the missile through the right wrist
 
 
Reentry wound in the left thigh
 
 
Summary of the Forensic Pathologists' Perspective of Wound Ballistics
  (PDF: 970 K)
 
Summary of the Forensic Pathology Panel's Conclusions Concerning the Missile Wounds...
  (PDF: 480 K)
 
Part IV. Critique of the Earlier Examination, with Presenation of Suggested Procedures...
  (PDF: 878 K)
 
Introduction
 
 
The medicolegal examination
 
 
Specific considerations pertaining to the John F. Kennedy autopsy
 
 
Part V. Suggested Procedures to be Followed in the Event of Subsequent Assassinations of Federal Officials
  (PDF: 234 K)
 
Dissenting View Part VI. Addendum to the Forensic Pathology Panel Report, Submitted by Cyril H. Wecht, M.D., J.D.
  (PDF: 700 K)
 
Part VII. Majority Response to the Dissent of Dr. Cyrl H. Wecht, M.D., J.D.
  (PDF: 15 K)
 
Glossary
  (PDF: 267 K)
 
Addenda to the Report of the Forensic Pathology Panel
 
 
Addendum A. List of the Documentary Materials Provided to the Forensic Pathology Panel...
  (PDF: 132 K)
 
Addendum B. List of Additional Documentary Materials Provided to the Forensic Pathology Panel...
  (PDF: 31 K)
 
Addendum C. Report of G. M. McDonnel, M.D...
  (PDF: 175 K)
 
Addendum D. Report of David O. Davis, M.D...
  (PDF: 206 K)
 
Addendum E. Memorandum of J. Lawrence Angel...
  (PDF: 103 K)
 
Addendum F. Report on the Soft X-ray and Energy Dispersive X-ray Analysis of the Clothing...
  (PDF: 190 K)
 
Addendum G. Report of the Physical Examination of Governor John R. Connally...
  (PDF: 53 K)
 
Addendum H. Report on the X-ray Back Scatter and Scanning Electron Microscopy...
  (PDF: 46 K)
 
Addendum I. Interviews conducted by the House Select Committee on Assassinations...
 
 
Interview of Drs. James J. Humes and J. Thorton Boswell...
  (PDF: 1628 K)
 
Interview of Dr. C. James Carrico
  (PDF: 330 K)
 
Interview of Dr. Norman Chase
  (PDF: 101 K)
 
Interview of Dr. Marion T. Jenkins
  (PDF: 70 K)
 
Interview of Dr. John Lattimer
  (PDF: 125 K)
 
Interview of Dr. Malcolm Oliver Perry
  (PDF: 666 K)
 
Interview of Dr. Jack Reynolds
  (PDF: 67 K)
 
Interview of Dr. William B. Seaman
  (PDF: 65 K)
 
Interview of Dr. Robert Shaw
  (PDF: 260 K)
 
Interview of Dr. George Thomas Shires
  (PDF: 388 K)
 
Addendum J. Letter from Michael M. Baden, M.D...
  (PDF: 42 K)
 
References
  (PDF: 179 K)
Firearms Panel Report  (PDF: 23 K)
 
Contents
 
 
Introduction
  (PDF: 639 K)
 
Background
 
 
Selection of the Panel
 
 
The issues addressed
 
 
Procedures and equipment
 
 
Findings and Conclusions of the Firearms Panel Concerning the Kennedy Assassination
  (PDF: 1240 K)
 
Kennedy Shooting
 
 
Tippit Murder
 
 
Oswald Murder
 
 
Summary and Conclusions
 
 
Illustrations
  (PDF: 2327 K)
 
Glossary
  (PDF: 132 K)
 
References
  (PDF: 78 K)