Apr 24, 2017
A mortally wounded American president and the quest to find his
assassin’s bullet unexpectedly opened up a potentially new era of
medical diagnostics in the late nineteenth century. In this
episode, learn about the assassination of James Garfield and how
the controversy surrounding his medical care led Alexander Graham
Bell to develop an “induction balance” that could locate a piece of
metal inside a human body. This is the first part of a two part
series called “Sound and Light.” Also included -- a new
#AdamAnswers about … hiccups! All this and more in Episode 22 of
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location of the bullet in the body of the late President Garfield;
and upon a successful form of induction balance for the painless
detection of metallic masses in the human body, Retrieved from:
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their diagnosis and autopsies. J Hist Neurosci. 2006
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assassinated presidents. J Am Coll Surg. 2005 Dec;201(6):976-89.
Epub 2005 Jun 16.
- Reyburn R. Clinical history of the case of James Abram
Garfield. JAMA. 1894;XXII(13):460-464.
- Steger M et al. Systemic review: the pathogenesis and
pharmacological treatment of hiccups. Aliment Pharmacol Ther. 2015