President Garfield’s Condition: September 8, 1881, 6:00 PM

Portraits of Garfield's six doctors surround an illustration of the President on his sickbedELBERON, N. J.,
September 8, 1881.

6 P. M.
At 12 M. to-day the President’s temperature was 98.4°; pulse, 94; respiration, 17. At the evening dressing, 5.30 P. M., his temperature was 99.1°; pulse, 100; respiration, 18. He has taken a liberal amount of food (both solid and fluid) with apparent relish.
By special request of the President it has been made our duty to say, in this public manner, to Surgeon-General J. K. Barnes, Surgeon J. J. Woodward, and Dr. Robert Reyburn, that, in dispensing temporarily with their services as his medical attendants, he was actuated only by a wish to relieve them of a labor and responsibility which in his improved condition he could no longer properly impose upon them. Both the President and Mrs. Garfield desire us to express to these gentlemen personally, and in this same public manner, their high appreciation of the great skill and discretion which they have so constantly exercised as associate counsel in the management of his case up to the present time.


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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