President Garfield’s Condition: September 19, 1881, 12:30 PM

Portraits of Garfield's six doctors surround an illustration of the President on his sickbedELBERON, N. J.,
September 19, 1881.

12.30 P. M.
The chill from which the President was suffering at the time of the morning bulletin was issued lasted about fifteen minutes, and was followed by febrile rise of temperature and sweating.
He has slept much of the time, but his general condition has not materially changed since. Temperature, 98.2°; pulse, 104; respiration, 20.


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.

One comment

  1. I wonder when Dr Doctor Bliss refers to the president’s ” chill ” if he really means rigors—shaking violently with fever, if so then this implies a bacteremia —a blood steam infection, far more serious than an abscess

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