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December 1978

Iatrogenic Anemia

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Pathology, Richmond (Va) Memorial Hospital.

Arch Intern Med. 1978;138(12):NP-NP. doi:10.1001/archinte.1978.03630370053023

Glasscheib, in the March of Medicine, states the following:

The history of blood letting is shrouded in the mists of time. We shall never know when and why the slitting of a vein, which often occurred in an injury, developed into a conscious measure for healing disease. Archaeological research has shown that as early as the Stone Age sharp flints, mussel shells, fish bones and wood splinters were used to pierce a vein in order to tap off a certain amount of blood from the body. The same objects are still used today for blood letting in some Polynesian Islands. All the ancient civilizations practised blood letting, as in Egypt. In the realm of the Aztecs bleeding was carried out with an obsidian knife, with which the ritual sacrifices were performed.... According to the Christian view, extramarital sexual intercourse was considered one of the most grievous sins a man could

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