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March 7, 1891


JAMA. 1891;XVI(10):346-347. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410620022006

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It is quite a noteworthy coincidence that the subject of venesection has been the theme of extended and favorable comment, within the past fortnight or so, in London, Edinburgh, and in this country. Were it not for the very evident modification of the remarks put forth the critic of to-day would fain be tempted to regard the flight of the past half century as a dream—that the heroic times of blood-letting were but as yesterday. And yet progress in medicine is but an awakening—after a variable lapse of time—to a due appreciation and proper regard of means. If, in a particular measure, it requires fifty years of slumber or ostracism to insure in it that which is truly good and for the public weal, we had best view it through our optimistic glasses, and complacently await the advent of the next time-tried expedient. Experience teaches us—and very plainly in this

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