Patching Cracks


November 2, 2022

James Garfield, who was the 20th president of the United States, is only remembered for one thing. He was shot by an assassin in July of 1881. In an interesting twist, he did not die until two and a half months later. The length of time between his being shot and actually dying is due largely to the efforts of Doctor Willard Bliss. Dr. Bliss was a disgraced physician, who became something of an expert in ballistic trauma as a result of his service as a surgeon during the Civil War. He was called in by a member of Garfield’s cabinet after the president was shot. Bliss took over the treatment of...

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