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"The President Has Been Shot": Confusion, Disability, and the 25th Amendment in the Aftermath of the Attempted Assassination of Ronald Reagan

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Abrams Herbert L.. . 363 pages. New York: : W.W. Norton & Company; ; 1992.. $22.95.

Ann Intern Med. 1992;117(8):702. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-117-8-702_1
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What most people remember about the immediate aftermath of the 1981 assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan is Secretary of State Alexander Haig's declaration that he was "in control." Abrams, a radiologist with an interest in crisis decision-making, suggests that neither Haig nor anyone else in the administration was in charge. The President's staff continued to assert that Reagan was in command, despite the fact that he had undergone major trauma and surgery under general anesthesia. Why did such chaos ensue?

Much of the confusion could have been avoided, Abrams argues convincingly, by the invocation of the Twenty-fifth Amendment, a 1967


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