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September 25, 1897


JAMA. 1897;XXIX(13):658. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440390048017

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Oneida, New York, Sept. 19, 1897,

To the Editor:  —I wish to add my mite and endorse every word in regard to blood-letting by Dr. Todd of San Francisco. In a practice of forty years I have invariably resorted to venesection in all cases of puerperal convulsions and have been fortunate in never losing a patient, and I have had my ratio of cases. Out of nearly two thousand in number, my rule is to bleed at once and repeat if necessary, which has very seldom been the case.I also bleed in cases of pneumonia and la grippe, especially where the attack is severe, in young and robust patients, and the result has been immediate relief and usually rapid recovery. Not long since I was called in consultation with a young physician; the patient was a robust full-blooded man aged 43 years, who had been sick about a week

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