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President Garfield was assassinated shortly after taking office and the bullet lodged in his body. Doctors struggled to remove the bullet from the President’s body – even inviting Alexander Graham Bell to the White House bringing his new invention, the telephone, in the hopes that the magnets in his new invention would be strong enough to find and remove the bullet. They kept probing and sticking metal down into the wound trying to extricate the lead from Garfield’s body.

He died about six months later – not from the assassin’s bullet, but from the infection caused by the constant probing, sticking, and looking for the bullet.