President Garfield’s Condition: August 26, 1881, 12:30 PM
12.30 P. M.
At the morning dressing of the President it was observed that pus from the parotid swelling had found its way spontaneously into his right external auditory meatus, through which it was discharging; some pus was also discharging through the incision made into the swelling. His wound looks as well as it has done for some time past. His pulse and temperature are at present higher than at the corresponding hour for some days. He continues to take by the mouth the liquid food prescribed, nevertheless we regard his condition as critical.
Pulse 118; temperature 100°; respiration 18.
D. W. BLISS,
J. K. BARNES,
J. J. WOODWARD,
D. HAYES AGNEW,
FRANK H. HAMILTON.
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.