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Real History: The Assassination of President Garfield


James Garfield was elected president in 1881. Most are familiar with the fact that Garfield didn’t hold that office for very long after an assassin shot him in the back as he was on his way to vacation.

What people are less familiar with is the fact that it took President Garfield 3 months to die and at the end of his life his physicians realized it was a gross aversion to technology/methods (washing their hands, sterilizing instruments, etc.) and the opposite sentiment toward public opinion that were actually responsible for the President’s death. It’s a sad tale that even more depressingly could just as easily happen today.

Watch a clip from the 'Real News' weekly Real History segment below on Garfield:

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