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February 29, 1896


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JAMA. 1896;XXVI(9):420-424. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430610022002h

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In presenting this paper, with the reports of the cases which have come under the writer's observation, together with the treatment and results, it would be ingratitude not to mention the name of the late Dr. Ellerslie Wallace, of Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, who, after a large experience, taught with emphasis the value of venesection in puerperal eclampsia. His hand with which he emphasized his words, with a deformed index finger, the result of a dissecting wound, was not more apparent to me when he said relative to this subject "you are on a life saving mission; do your duty fearlessly, and bleed for effect, not for ounces of blood," than when at the bedside of my first patient with eclampsia. It occurred in 1871 in the case of Mrs. W., primigravida, aged 35 years. Labor was slow and a severe headache was complained of which did not yield to

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