By Ira Rutkow,Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.
The bold self-made guy who reached the top of yank politics—only to be felled through an assassin's bullet and to die by the hands of his doctors
James A. Garfield used to be one of many Republican Party's top lighting fixtures within the years following the Civil conflict. Born in a log cabin, he rose to turn into a faculty president, Union military normal, and congressman—all via the age of thirty-two. Embodying the strive-and-succeed spirit that captured the mind's eye of american citizens in his time, he was once elected president in 1880. it really is no shock that certainly one of his biographers used to be Horatio Alger.
Garfield's time period in workplace, besides the fact that, was once lower tragically brief. simply 4 months into his presidency, a would-be murderer approached Garfield on the Washington, D.C., railroad station and fired a unmarried shot into his again. Garfield's undesirable success used to be to have his destiny positioned within the care of smug physicians who didn't settle for the recent thought of antisepsis. Probing the wound with unwashed and infrequently manure-laden palms, Garfield's medical professionals brought bad infections and taken approximately his loss of life months later.
Ira Rutkow, a health professional and historian, deals an insightful portrait of Garfield and an unsparing narrative of the clinical quandary that outlined and destroyed his presidency. For all his younger ambition, the one mark Garfield may make at the place of work will be considered one of wasted promise.
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