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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 the year 1844, with my preceptor, I was called to see a woman who had been in a stupor or coma simulating death for six hours, and all efforts of her physicians had failed to revive her. Noticing that the basilic and cephalic veins at the bend of each arm had many scars over them, I suggested that she be bled, as she had evidently been bled many times before for the same purpose. My preceptor Dr. Eyster, immediately opened the
HOFF JW. BLOOD-LETTING AS A THERAPEUTIC REMEDY, BASED ON A REPORT OF TWENTY-SIX CASES. JAMA. 1897;XXIX(9):424–427. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440350022001d
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