President Garfield’s Condition: August 11, 1881, 8:30 AM

Portraits of Garfield's six doctors surround an illustration of the President on his sickbedEXECUTIVE MANSION,
August 11, 1881.

8.30 A. M.
The President has passed an exceedingly good night, sleeping sweetly, with but few short breaks, and awakening refreshed this morning, at a later hour than usual.  At the morning dressing, just completed, it was found that the deeper parts of the wound had been emptied spontaneously.  The quantity of pus secreted is beginning to diminish; its character and appearance of the wound are healthy.  His temperature shows an entire absence of fever this morning, and his pulse, which is less frequent than yesterday, is improving in quality.  At present it is 100; temperature 98.6°; respiration, 19.


This post is one of a series reenacting the official bulletins released to the public by the physicians to President Garfield during his illness after the shooting on July 2, 1881.

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