I promised an article on Candice Millard’s Destiny of the Republic. I felt that it was most appropriate on this blog, which features several writers who are superior to me. I hope that you enjoy this article and that a few others catch your eye.

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A while back, I completed Candice Millard’s engrossing work on James A. Garfield’s assassination and subsequent medical treatment titled Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of a President.  This book fascinates the reader with the unique characters surrounding this president, the president himself, and how awful the condition of medical knowledge and practice was at this point–even for the President of the United States!  The British surgeon, Joseph Lister, had already introduced antiseptic theory and practices in Europe at this time; though, he did have a difficult time convincing fellow European doctors concerning the effectiveness of his techniques until the greatly reduced mortality rate and overall cleanliness of his hospital forced them to admit its usefulness.  American doctors–since they did not see its effectiveness with their own eyes, I suppose–persisted in old methods, refusing to believe in germs.  In the case of…

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