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Editor says, what if Alexander Graham Bell was able to look in the right place? Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).
In 1881,on this day the twentieth President of the United States James A. Garfield was shot once in the arm and once in the back by Charles J. Guiteau at the Sixth Street Station of the Baltimore and Potomac Railroad on the National Mall in Washington.
Induction Balance saves the life of President GarfieldAlthough the first bullet only caused a graze, the second was initially thought to have lodged near his liver. However the hopelessly incompetent Dr. Doctor Willard Bliss was completely wrong, and the bullet was actually located behind the pancreas, a discovery made by a metal detector devised by the brilliant Scottish inventor Alexander Graham Bell.
Aside from the creation of the mocking expression "Ignorance if Bliss", the event was quickly forgotten because Garfield, like many other veterans were unfazed by such an injury. In fact one of the detectives who took Guiteau to the district jail still had a Civil War bullet lodged in his head. However the consequence of his survival was huge; as soon as his recovered, he quickly resumed his radical programme of reform that would change Washington forever.
Editor says, in reality Garfield died of infection after twelve different doctors inserted unsterilized fingers and instruments in this wound in the president's back searching for this bullet. Later the detector was proved to work perfectly and would have found the bullet had Dr. Doctor Willard Bliss (who was a Doctor of Medicine but whose given name was also "Doctor") allowed Bell to use the device on Garfield's left side as well. In authoring this article we have repurposed content from Wikipedia. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.