Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Retro Garlic: Bring In The Homicide Guys!

To bad "Homicide: Life on the Street" isn't still on, and Detective Steve Crosetti was still among the living cast, they, perhaps, could have wade into this;

Abraham Lincoln's death revisited

That's the controversial conclusion reached by Palo Alto physician and amateur historian John Sotos, who says that President Abraham Lincoln was suffering from a lethal genetic cancer syndrome when he was shot at Ford's Theatre 143 years ago today.
Many, over the years have speculated on Lincoln's health
Lincoln's health has fascinated medical sleuths. In 1962, it was suggested that his great height and long limbs were linked to a genetic disorder called Marfan syndrome. Others have proposed alternate ailments - Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, perhaps, or Stickler syndrome. Some say he suffered from depression or exhaustion.
Why have a fictional (but tremendously written and performed, as well as critically-acclaimed) cop show look into this?

As was standard with "Homicide", big and little storylines imbued the show, and one was, in the first two seasons, Crosetti having an obsession over Lincoln's assassination, including it being foremost in of the program's episodes.

The Retro Part

Three-years ago, the Washington Post ran the Lincoln death up the flagpole, with the article, "Science and Medicine: Could Lincoln Have Survived?", dealing with the how would things have been different with today's modern medicine and emergency care.

Naturally, The Garlic didn't let that one slip by;

Top Ten Cloves: Things About If Abraham Lincoln Were Shot Today

And to keep it in the current time of the Post article, our #3 Clove was;
"Remarkably, it would be nearly three days before the public hears about the Lincoln shooting, and it will come from Texas ranch owner, Katharine Armstrong

Hmmm ... I smell another Doris Kearns Goodwin book out of this

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