Monday, September 19, 2011

Garfield's wound and Alexander Graham Bell's metal detector.

Candice Millard: "The Destiny of the Republic" | The Diane Rehm Show from WAMU and NPR

Image via The Diane Rehm Show

Born into poverty in the woods of Ohio, James Garfield rose through the strata of American society on the strength of his intellect and strong work ethic. A civil war hero, he was elected the twentieth president of the United States in 1880. Just a few months later, a deranged office-seeker shot Garfield at a Washington train station. With the assassination of Abraham Lincoln still fresh in their minds, the American people once again watched helplessly as their president lay dying. The extraordinary life of James Garfield, the doctors who failed to save him from death, and how a senseless tragedy unified the country.
Fascinating story about the treatment Garfield received after being shot.
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