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July 22, 1893


JAMA. 1893;XXI(4):130-132. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420560026002f

Pari passu with the recent advances made in scientific physiology and pathology have most marked changes and improvements taken place in the medical and surgical treatment of disease. Some of them have appeared startling by reason of their novelty, others have intimidated on account of their seeming temerity. Many have been stigmatized as chimerical. While not a few have been actually condemned as being beyond the pale of rational therapeutics. Nevertheless on better acquaintance most of them have been found to be as replete with wisdom as they have proved to be pregnant with advantage to the healing art. Visceral phlebotomy, of which I am about to speak, may not untruthfully be said to belong to the latter class. For when it was first introduced by me to the notice of the profession in 1886 in the form of hepatic phlebotomy it was not only abused as a most dangerous,

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