President Garfield’s Condition: September 16, 1881, 9:00 AM

Portraits of Garfield's six doctors surround an illustration of the President on his sickbedELBERON, N. J.,
September 16, 1881.

9 A. M.
At the examination of the President at 8.30 this morning the temperature was 98.6°; pulse, 104; respiration, 21.
The febrile rise during the night was not as pronounced as it usually has been. There was, at times, considerable acceleration of pulse. He, however, slept comparatively well and took stimulants and nourishment as directed. The cough was somewhat more troublesome during the first part of the night, and the expectoration rather more purulent. The discharge from the wound is less abundant and not quite so healthy in appearance. The pulse, however, has more volume, and his general condition does not seem to have materially changed in any respect.


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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