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October 17, 1891


JAMA. 1891;XVII(16):605. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410940033009

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Dr. Samuel Wilks, veteran physician at Guy's hospital, is reminiscent, in a recent Lancet, of the good old days of blood-letting. He remembers seeing too many interesting persons snatched by this agency from the brink of the grave, to be unmindful of its claims, and he attempts to find excuses for the present day and generation in its neglect of phlebotomy. Of his success with the lancet he writes the following

"A young woman was brought into the hospital in a dying state, gasping for breath, and livid; there was a mitral bruit, engorgement of the lung with hæmoptysis, albuminous scanty urine, and dropsy. We bled her from the arm and the effect was immediate, the breathing became tranquil, lividity passed from the face, and improvement continued from that time. In cases of urœmic convulsions the effects of bleeding arevery striking; the right heart is relieved, and poisoned blood is

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