Death of a President and his Assassin—Errors in their Diagnosis and Autopsies

  title={Death of a President and his Assassin—Errors in their Diagnosis and Autopsies},
  author={G. Paulson},
  journal={Journal of the History of the Neurosciences},
  pages={77 - 91}
  • G. Paulson
  • Published 2006
  • Medicine
  • Journal of the History of the Neurosciences
  • On July 2, 1881, Charles Julius Guiteau shot President James Abram Garfield in the right flank. The President died because of infection produced by the unsterile fingers and probes repeatedly inserted into the wound. The major complaint of the wounded President was intractable pain in his legs and feet. This symptom failed to alert the doctors to the possibility of vertebral and spinal cord injury. Garfield died with sepsis after 80 days of intense national concern, and for the patient there… CONTINUE READING
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