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August 20, 1997

BLOOD-LETTING AS A THERAPEUTIC REMEDY, BASED ON A REPORT OF TWENTY-SIX CASES.

JAMA. 1997;278(7):530ai. doi:10.1001/jama.1997.03550070019009
Abstract

I desire to present a report of successful issues from the use of venesection as a remedy in the treatment of various cases met with in a continuous practice of over fifty years; not for the purpose of adding anything new to our knowledge of this subject, but to call attention again to this most valuable remedy which modern therapeutists seem inclined to relegate to a past age....

In May, 1846,I located in Ripley, Va., and the day I arrived in the town I was called to my first patient, a man 40 years of age, in delirium tremens, with the most violent convulsions I ever witnessed. By the help of three strong men I was able to control him until I had opened the basilic vein and drawn three pints of blood. The convulsions soon ceased and, after tying the arm, I left my patient in the care of

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